GreenSpeed 1

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On November 16th, 2006, the Alternative Energy Racing Organization, or AERO, held its first meeting in Votey Hall. One year later, AERO produced the first part for a Formula SAE style, symmetrical all wheel drive hybrid racecar to be called GreenSpeed 1. GS1 was brought to the second annual Formula Hybrid event, held at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH, in 2008. At FH 2008, GS1 received Chrysler’s Most Outstanding Hybrid Engineering Award, and the Thayer School of Engineering Deans Award for Most Innovative Design. Although GS1 did not drive at competition, it placed 2nd in design with no overall ranking. The next year at Formula Hybrid 2009, AERO passed all technical inspections for the first time with GS1 and made it onto the track to compete in the dynamics events. A melted piston in the endurance race meant that the team finished 8th out of 17 cars.

The start of AERO:

GreenSpeed 1 testing on campus:

MotorAzure Dynamics AC-24
Motor Type3 Phase Induction
Motor Power57 hp @ 5000 rpm
Motor Torque55 lb-ft @ 0 rpm
Motor ControllerAzure Dynamics DMOC-445
EngineHonda CRF 250 R Single Cylinder
Engine HP32 hp @ 13,350 rpm
Engine Torque19 lb-ft @ 12,000 rpm
Batteries240x A-123 26650M1 2.3 Ah 3.3V Cylindrical Cells
Battery Configuration60S4P
Battery ChemistryLiFePO4
Voltage198 V
Burst Current552 A
Capacity1460 Wh
Wheelbase60 in
Track Width46 in
TiresHoosier 20x7.5-13