By Quinn Nurmeste
Day One had the University of Victoria’s Formula Hybrid Team facing both successes and challenges with regards to our student-built hybrid race car. After an early wake up to a torrential downpour, the team trailered the vehicle over to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s paddocks, where we began preparing the vehicle for electrical inspection. After the initial inspection, the team was instructed by the Formula Hybrid Competition officials to change a few electrical details, mostly regarding the team’s custom accumulator. The team pushed to fix these issues in preparation for the second inspection, taking place May 3rd. After the electrical inspection, the mechanical engineering students on the team jumped in to prepare the vehicle for mechanical inspection. The inspectors had only a few minor details for the team to change, and, as a testament to the team’s hard work, UVic’s Hybrid Team was the first fully hybrid team at the track to pass mechanical inspection. The rest of the evening was spent working out any electrical issues we might face in preparation for another exciting day at the track. We will be releasing an update on Day Two’s events shortly, so be sure to check back and keep up on the University of Victoria’s Formula Hybrid Team’s experience at 2016’s Formula Hybrid Competition.