The UCI Delta racecar has a CNG 450cc engine combined with a short-distance electric drive.
Third year Mechanical Engineering majors joined a team of Electrical Engineering majors from UCI to prepare an all electric vectored drive system for the UCI Energy Invitational. The drive systems for Gamma is shown here.
The vectored drive system consists of 15hp DC motors connected one to each of the rear drive wheels and controlled though a specially designed set of motor controllers.
First and second year Engineering students at UCI have prepared a car for entry in the 2011 Energy Invitational. Here is a photo of their car.
It is powered by a 12hp Briggs and Stratton engine through a CVT and chain drive.
Saddleback College will run their Formula V at the 2011 UCI Energy Invitational. Here is photo of the chassis and suspension without the body.
MillenWorks will show their LUV (Light Utility Vehicle) at the the 2011 Energy Invitational at Willow Springs Motorsports Park on March 30, 2011. It has a unique all wheel drive parallel hybrid powertrain for reduced fuel consumption and silent watch capability with extensive on-board power.
Toyota will demonstrate their Advanced Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle at the Energy Invitational at Willow Springs on March 30, 2011.
They will also demonstrate their Prius Plug-in Hybrid.
The training videos that Smitty developed for our design classes at UCI can be access at the YouTube site: Engineering Training Site.
The videos include basic welding 1 and 2, hand tools, soldering, metal forming 1 and 2, cutting, filing grinding and fitting metal for welding, measurements and layouts, and fasteners.
Phil Chipman, a local inventor, is returning to the UCI Energy Invitational with his electric three-wheeler. In last year’s event, Phil’s Electric Wind won the award for maximum projected distance on $1.00 worth of energy.
Here is a photo of his vehicle:
Here is another view:
For more photos, select this link for his webpage.
Melody Vo of the UCLA Super mileage team reports that the change in dates of the Energy Invitational may affect their plans to attend this event. Here is the photo of their proposed entry which competed successfully in Shell Eco-Marathon.
Brian Wang has sent some photographs of the vehicle he plans to enter into the 2011 UCI Energy Invitational.
Here is one:
Here is another view of the car:
And a photo of the driver’s compartment: