After taking a few weeks off following the end of the semester, The Tufts Hybrid Racing Team is back in action, putting the finishing touches on the design of the THR 12. Today, we also received our lithium ion batteries from Dow Kokam, our latest partner. The THR 12 will be our first car to use lithium ion technology, and everyone on the team can’t wait to see the punch that these small cells pack.
This past weekend the Tufts Hybrid Racing team visited the Tufts Energy Conference. We had a great time participating in the Hot Rod Show and the Tufts Energy Challenge. Despite the cold weather, many conference attendees ventured outside to the Hot Rod Show to learn about the intricacies of the THR 12′s parallel-hybrid powertrain. Those who chose to stay inside were able to learn about our battery management system which our electrical systems team entered in the Tufts Energy Challenge. The whole team really enjoyed being part of the conference and discussing different solutions for the world’s energy problems with fellow classmates, professors, and professionals from industry. At the end of the weekend we were thrilled to learn that our battery management system design had won first prize in the Tufts Energy Challenge “Action Plan” category. All-in-all it was a great weekend, and we can’t wait to come back next year. Here are some pictures from the weekend.
Come visit the Tufts Hybrid Racing team and check out our powertrain display stand. We’re hanging out at the Tufts Energy Conference’s Hot Rod Show between the Cabot and Olin buildings until 7:30pm. So stop by and learn about our new parallel hybrid powertrain! Pictures to follow.
Tufts Hybrid Racing is excited to announce that we will be attending this year’s Tufts Energy Conference. In lieu of racing this year, the team has decided to unveil our new power-train technology that we’ve been working on this year at the conference’s Hot Rod Show for alternative fuel vehicles. The Hot Rod Show will be held two weeks from today on Friday, April 15th; click here for all the details. We hope to see you there!
Our chassis team is quite an enterprising bunch. Having finished there design over a month ahead of schedule, they chose to build a full scale model of the frame out of cardboard tubes. As the cardboard frame came to life, the team learned quite a lot about the frame they designed, and even discovered a few areas where the design could be improved. Check out this gallery to see how put it all together.