April Fools! not. Its still the last day of Spring Break.
Yesterday was the last day of break to put work into the car, a big thank you to the engineers who gave up their breaks to get the car running the way we want!
Yes! I said running. The car is now running and we've conducted several driving tests. In the coming weeks we will continue to test the car before we do one final overhaul to paint and ship the car across the country. Competition is fast approaching and the UC Davis Formula Hybrid Team is in good shape!
Today we had our last day of work before Spring break next week. Yes, that means this week is FINALS WEEK! A big thank you to the dedicated engineers who gave up time today and over the precious weekend before finals to work on the car!
Continuing on with our push to use the media to help spread the word and gain more sponsorship, the Davis Enterprise will be coming today to learn more about the team. They'd already done some interviews over the phone with key members. The Davis Enterprise is the general-circulation newspaper of Davis. It is published Tuesday - Friday and also Sundays. This is the official legal newspaper for the City of Davis and Yolo County. We're very fortunate and excited for them to come and visit us! Look for us!
If you've been keeping an eye out on our website you'll notice a newly linked page to FH3. Its our gallery! We've finally been able to get some good pictures to put up that show great progress on vehicle and the hard working engineers that make it possible. A big thank you to Dani Galietti for helping us take the fantastic pictures showcased in our gallery. Dani is a Masters student here at UC Davis studying art. She also TA's several classes so we are very fortunate and happy that she could make time in her busy schedule to come help us take some pictures. They're better than we could have done ourselves. Thank you Dani!
New and exciting for this year we are turning to the media to help us spread the news about our amazing club. The Sacramento Bee came today very willing and happy to help us raise awareness about our club and to help us attain more sponsorship for this year. We were fortunate to have Mark Glover, a reporter from the Sacramento Bee come and interview us for the newspaper. In addition to the interview, many photos were taken by a Sacramento Bee photographer. You can find the article and pictures on the front page of the business section Sunday March 18th. Keep a look out for us!
Congratulations to us!! We now have a rolling chassis!
A big thank you to the people who have been putting in so many hours to meet this BIG milestone.
Team Captain: Alejandro H.
Lead Fabricators: Alejandro Z. and Jon
Members: Nick, Edward, David, Andy
We couldn't have done it without you!
Results of Drives Selection! Once again a big thank you to Driven Raceway for sponsoring the team and allowing us to hold our races there. Not only did they allow us to race there they opened early for us so that we could have the track to ourselves. How nice is that?
Anyways, onto the results.
First place: Suspension team lead Brett Stephens
Second place: Edward Lara
Third place: Nick Hori
and honorable mention: Martin Ward for having the most consistent top times in all his races!
Our drivers did great two of our drivers, Brett and Edward got 1st and 2nd respectively on Driven Raceway's Best Times of the week. Martin got 5th and Nick 9th.
Its about time for an FH3 group picture wouldn't you say? Check out the header on our people's page to take a look at the dedicated engineers of FH3.
For competition as much as we'd love to be able to take all our hard working members with us we won't be able to. We've decided that we will cut that list to 12 max. Names will be released as soon as final decisions have been made. However we're excited to announce that we will be attending UC Irvine's Energy Invitational on May 20th. Since this competition will be so much closer to home we've decided that any member who did not get to attend the SAE Formula Hybrid competition in New Hampshire will be able to come along with us and experience a competition first hand!
Driver Selections round 1 was such a hit with our team members that we've decided to do it again. Even those of us who did not have great lap lap times (like me) still really enjoyed spending time with members outside the shop! Also there were many members who wanted to come but couldn't make it last time, for these reasons we'll be holding a Driver Selection Round 2. Once again we'll be conducting these races at Driven Raceway. A BIG thank you to Driven Raceway for their continued support and sponsorship of our team, your help and support is much appreciated
At competition we do need at least two drivers, with our first pick Eric Joya taking the first spot I wonder who will emerge as a speed demon this time around?
This time we will have 12 students competing:
Team Captain: Alejandro Hernandez
Suspension Team Lead: Brett Stephens
Business Manager: Diego Garcia
Team Members: Edward Lara
Juan Sanchez Garcia
and of course myself! Stay tuned for the results!