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College students build own hybrid race cars for competition

Jun 07, 2018   |   The Laconia Daily Sun

Students from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth get driver-engineer Leina McDermott situated in the cockpit of the team's race car prior to speed trials at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during the annual Formula Hybrid event. (Alan MacRae/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

"They look like beefed up go-carts, but looks can be deceiving," writes The Laconia Daily Sun.

"The vehicles taking part in the 13th annual Formula Hybrid competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway are actually the leading edge of the next generation of race cars, featuring hybrid technology, which combines the power of both gasoline and electrical engines.

"The hybrids are the product of months of design and fabrication work by college students, some of whom came from as far away as India to take part. ...

"The Dartmouth Formula Racing team, which has competed every year since the competition first started, has been looking to make a comeback this year after discouraging results the last two years."

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