World’s Top Engineering Students Return To NHMS For First In-Person Formula Hybrid/Electric Competition Since 2019

(Press Release from New Hampshire Motor Speedway)

Dartmouth Formula Racing prepares for the tilt test during the 2019 Formula Hybrid competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Photo: Courtesy Formula Hybrid + Electric/Kathryn Lapierre)

After two years of virtual competition, engineering students from all over the United States and Canada will descend upon New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the 16th annual Formula Hybrid + Electric competition May 1-5.

LOUDON, N.H. – Hundreds of the world’s top engineering students will compete in the 16th annual Formula Hybrid + Electric May 1-5 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). Eighteen teams from across the United States and Canada designed and built earth-friendly hybrid and electric vehicles over the last 10 months for the one-of-a-kind competition hosted by the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth.

The four hybrid and 14 electric vehicles will need to pass numerous technical and safety inspections in order to make it on to “The Magic Mile.”

“We are long overdue to once again see and hear the cars run on track,” said Max Warnock, vice president of the Lafayette College team Lafayette Motorsports. “Formula Hybrid has given us amazing opportunities to learn despite COVID’s presence, but bringing our car to New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the sort of testing we need now. So many electric and hybrid technologies have advanced both in competition and production. We can’t wait to catch up with industry professionals and each other at long last.”

Many top engineering students engage in this technical competition because they want to collaborate with a team to build something highly complex and important not only to them but to the future of the world. Another perk of the competition is the chance to be scouted for an engineering job by top car manufacturers and other high-tech companies from across the country, including Toyota, the official car and truck of NHMS, BAE, AVL and McLaren Applied Technologies.

“Formula Hybrid + Electric is the only student-level competition in the world that has a full hybrid class,” said Formula Hybrid + Electric Director Michael Chapman. “Developing a battery-electric vehicle is difficult while developing a hybrid vehicle is that much more challenging. The important thing is that the students learn to work closely in cross-functional groups so that once they join the workforce, they can start contributing from the start. Our alumni are working at the traditional car companies but also at Tesla, Lucid Motors, SpaceX, Boeing and BAE Systems – companies that value engineers that can work in multi-disciplinary teams.”

Similar to the Formula SAE® competition, students compete in aspects of design, acceleration, handling and endurance of their vehicle while abiding by rules that minimize risk and preserve students’ freedom to innovate. Formula Hybrid + Electric teams, however, are faced with the additional challenge of optimizing both energy efficiency and sustainability of materials used in their cars. As a result, Formula Hybrid + Electric is the only competition that requires a unique collaboration between mechanical engineers, electrical engineers and computer scientists in the planning and building of their cars.

While the pandemic forced the cancellation of the on-track event in 2020 and 2021, virtual events were held, and the static presentation events were held via Zoom. The Virtual Racing Challenge was added in 2021 and was held on iRacing’s NHMS road course.

In 2018, Formula Hybrid was awarded one of the most coveted prizes in engineering education, the ABET Innovation Award. Formula Hybrid became Formula Hybrid + Electric in 2020 to better reflect that although it started as a hybrid-only event, there have been hybrid and battery-electric classes since 2012.

For outside spectators, Wednesday, May 4 is the “most fun-filled” day to visit, according to Jessica Kinzie, the competition’s coordinating manager. The autocross and acceleration events run from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. It’s also Formula Hybrid + Electric School Day for middle and high school students who enjoy guided tours with volunteers from the SCCA New England Section and other knowledgeable experts. For more information and a complete schedule, visit


  1. Well this seems out of place for this audience doesn’t it? Sans raw horsepower, screaming engines and exhaust fumes you get a nerdfest of future world class engineers, circuit boards, soldering irons and whining motors.
    Formula E’s model is races in cities with audiences younger and more sympathetic to climate change. Tough starting a new series but they seem happy with the progress with a full schedule for 2022. The whining instead of roaring and switching cars instead of tires takes a little getting used to but what the heck it’s competition.
    Indy will switch at some point and when it does the crowd will go wild and not in a good way.
    Just noodling here what could ease the transition for the older generation. Hmmm, how about a sound system in each car linked to the accelerator to reproduce the sound of roaring engines. An artificial yet safe fogger to replicate the smell of exhaust may be something to think about.
    Perhaps the artificial aroma of beer, pizza, burgers, fries and dogs as well since most fans will be consuming cob salads and sushi.

  2. Stuart A Fearn says

    One time I remember stopping into the Rensselear Polytechnic Institute Formula SAE shop in the garage right next to the CVS I happened to stop at while in town for an alumni event in Troy, NY. The kids were enthusiastic techies with lots ideas and energy but less practical knowledge. They were attentive listeners when offered perhaps a little direction or experienced thoughts on some particular items on the car.
    One of the students lived in CT I believe so he stopped on his way by one time so I could give him something that I thought might help the team.
    Great program, now at RPI its the Formula Hybrid club, full of passionate kids following their interests and an excellent place to start a career into something they love doing.

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