After four days of competition and several hundreds of hours of effort, the University of Idaho’s Vandal Formula Hybrid Racing Team returns to Moscow winners of the 2014 national Formula Hybrid Competition.
The Vandal racing team – also known as Voltz N’ Boltz – drove home with the competition’s top prizes. The team earned the Chrysler Innovation Award, which recognizes innovative design and implementation, and the General Motors Best-Engineered Hybrid first place award, which is given to teams that demonstrate achievements in three categories: introducing new technologies and/or a remarkable implementation of existing technologies, making a positive difference and extraordinary vehicle balance.
In addition, the team placed second in the Skip Barber Teamwork Award, which is given to teams displaying the best overall collaborative teamwork skills.
Twelve teams competed in this year’s hybrid division competition, including Yale University, the University of Michigan and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Lawrence Technological University in Michigan placed second and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University of Florida placed third, with Yale a close fourth.
The University of Idaho Formula Hybrid Team is composed of an interdisciplinary team, including mechanical engineering students Jordan Anderson, Jonathan Andring, Derek Arrotta, Adam Bunch, Ignacio Lopez, Nathan Peterson, and graduate mentors Rory Lilley and Mostafa Asfoor; electrical and computer engineering student Amos Bartlow and virtual technology and design student Artemio Ambriz.
The team’s faculty and staff advisers are professors Dan Cordon, Edwin Odom, Steve Beyerlein, Mike Santora and Herb Hess, and machine shop manager Russ Porter.
The Vandal racing team is sponsored by multiple University of Idaho entities, including the National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology, Transportation for Livability by Integrating Vehicles and the Environment (TranLIVE) University Transportation Center grant.