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PHOTOS: Formula Hybrid racing at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway

  • Jose Ordo–ez gets help putting his helmet on from his Dartmouth teammates before doing practice laps during the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. Ordo–ez was one of two drivers for the team in the Autocross event where drivers must navigate around cones on a track quickly. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Jose Ordo–ez gets help putting his helmet on from his Dartmouth teammates before doing practice laps during the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. Ordo–ez was one of two drivers for the team in the Autocross event where drivers must navigate around cones on a track quickly.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Practicing at the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Practicing at the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Darren Reis and Callen Votzke wait for the Dartmouth car to charge during Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Darren Reis and Callen Votzke wait for the Dartmouth car to charge during Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Faculty advisor Jason Downs talks with David Jensen, Callen Votzke and Darren Reis while at the charging station at the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Faculty advisor Jason Downs talks with David Jensen, Callen Votzke and Darren Reis while at the charging station at the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Dartmouth graduate student Chris Bilger slips into her driver's shoes before competing in the Acceleration event during Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Dartmouth graduate student Chris Bilger slips into her driver's shoes before competing in the Acceleration event during Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • The finishing touches before wheeling the Dartmouth car out to the track at the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    The finishing touches before wheeling the Dartmouth car out to the track at the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • The Dartmouth team pushes their car carrying Chris Bilger past the Lawrence Tech car on the way to the track before their turn in the Acceleration run during the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. The Acceleration run event is one of the dynamic challenges where teams try to get their cars go the fastest down a designated strip of the track. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    The Dartmouth team pushes their car carrying Chris Bilger past the Lawrence Tech car on the way to the track before their turn in the Acceleration run during the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. The Acceleration run event is one of the dynamic challenges where teams try to get their cars go the fastest down a designated strip of the track.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Dartmouth junior Eric Din stands on his bicycle to get a better view of the Acceleration event at the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Dartmouth junior Eric Din stands on his bicycle to get a better view of the Acceleration event at the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Dartmouth junior Chris Rhoades sits in front of the Dartmouth team's schedule in their pit during the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Dartmouth junior Chris Rhoades sits in front of the Dartmouth team's schedule in their pit during the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • The Dartmouth team lines up to watch the Autocross event at the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    The Dartmouth team lines up to watch the Autocross event at the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Nicholas Van Citters, 6, hangs off the edge of the viewing platform while chatting while waiting for the Autocross event to begin during the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. Van Citters's dad is a technical inspector at the competition and has been attending almost his whole life. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Nicholas Van Citters, 6, hangs off the edge of the viewing platform while chatting while waiting for the Autocross event to begin during the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. Van Citters's dad is a technical inspector at the competition and has been attending almost his whole life.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Kodiak Burke gets the green flag at the start of the Autocross race during the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Kodiak Burke gets the green flag at the start of the Autocross race during the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Darren Reis holds an umbrella over the Dartmouth team car's battery hoping for it to cool a bit before Jose Ordo–ez takes it out for his second turn in the autocross event at the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Darren Reis holds an umbrella over the Dartmouth team car's battery hoping for it to cool a bit before Jose Ordo–ez takes it out for his second turn in the autocross event at the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Jose Ordo–ez gets help putting his helmet on from his Dartmouth teammates before doing practice laps during the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. Ordo–ez was one of two drivers for the team in the Autocross event where drivers must navigate around cones on a track quickly. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Practicing at the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Darren Reis and Callen Votzke wait for the Dartmouth car to charge during Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Faculty advisor Jason Downs talks with David Jensen, Callen Votzke and Darren Reis while at the charging station at the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Dartmouth graduate student Chris Bilger slips into her driver's shoes before competing in the Acceleration event during Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • The finishing touches before wheeling the Dartmouth car out to the track at the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • The Dartmouth team pushes their car carrying Chris Bilger past the Lawrence Tech car on the way to the track before their turn in the Acceleration run during the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. The Acceleration run event is one of the dynamic challenges where teams try to get their cars go the fastest down a designated strip of the track. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Dartmouth junior Eric Din stands on his bicycle to get a better view of the Acceleration event at the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Dartmouth junior Chris Rhoades sits in front of the Dartmouth team's schedule in their pit during the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • The Dartmouth team lines up to watch the Autocross event at the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Nicholas Van Citters, 6, hangs off the edge of the viewing platform while chatting while waiting for the Autocross event to begin during the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. Van Citters's dad is a technical inspector at the competition and has been attending almost his whole life. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Kodiak Burke gets the green flag at the start of the Autocross race during the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Darren Reis holds an umbrella over the Dartmouth team car's battery hoping for it to cool a bit before Jose Ordo–ez takes it out for his second turn in the autocross event at the Formula Hybrid racing competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on May 1, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

This year, the seventh year since the Formula Hybrid racing competition started, the Dartmouth team went fully electric. The event, founded by the Dartmouth Thayer School of Engineering and takes place this week at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, challenges students to design, build and compete hybrid and electric vehicles. While some other teams competed in both hybrid and electric categories, Dartmouth was the only team to focused on just electric. The team’s preserved the same body they’ve competed with over the last four years, but stripped out the engine and wiring so that it runs entirely on electricity. The competition continues today where teams will face what is arguably the toughest challenge, the Endurance event, where they must compete for the fastest time in a 22-kilometer race.

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