The Tufts Hybrid Racing Team was pleased and excited to head up to the 2012 Formula Hybrid Competition. We joined 25 teams who made it to New Hampshire, out of the 39 teams who had signed up ahead of time. After that, life became challenging. We had some technical issues with our motor controller and battery management system that slowed us down, and we were not able to pass through the tech inspections in time. It may be cold comfort, and the weather was certainly cold and wet, but we weren’t the only ones with problems: just nine hybrid teams passed all the inspections and raced. Despite the disappointing turn of events, all of our team members, especially those who had not been to the competition before, learned a ton, and we are all hungry to return as a stronger team next year. You can see all the photos of us at the completion here.
Though it took a little longer than we expected, we have bent our roll hoops for the chassis. We would like to thank Ricky and everyone else at Cantibrigian Mechanics, the makers of Commonwelth Cycles, for lending us their tube bender. Now that the roll hoops are done, we can carry on with welding the rest of the frame together.
Do you like racing? Curious how a hybrid works? Do you want to build and drive a racecar?
Visit the Tufts Hybrid Racing Team at the Club Fair this Tuesday (9/13) from 5 to 7pm on the Res. Quad, and learn more about our team and how you can get involved!
This week our battery management system (BMS) arrived. This small black box and the accompanying cell boards work together to keep our lithium ion batteries working within their operating limits. While lithium ion batteries are very light and packed with energy, they can be easily damaged if their voltage, temperature, or discharge currant is outside a small range. The BMS closely monitors our batteries to make sure they perform at their best, and with its arrival we can start to assemble our battery packs!