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UVM's AERO Posts Fast Times at International Hybrid Competition

Release Date: 05-18-2010

Author: Dawn Densmore

The UVM Alternative Energy Racing Organization (AERO) participated in their third Formula Hybrid International Competition (FHIC) held May 3-6 in Loudon, NH. After participating in all the competition events, AERO finished 8th overall against twenty-two teams from across the United States, Canada, Russia, and Italy.

AERO's car, GreenSpeed Gen2, is uniquely different from the competition with its all wheel drive powertrain, custom-designed parallel hybrid transaxle, and networked control systems. The 650-pound car is rated at nearly 90 horsepower enabling it to capture first place in the electric only 75 meter acceleration test with a time of 5.287 seconds. In full hybrid mode, Gen2 completed the distance in 4.867 seconds; the second fastest time at the event.

These results represent the countless hours of design, fabrication, testing and repair by UVM engineering students. GreenSpeed Gen 2 is the brainchild of the club founding seniors Brian Leach, Thatcher Friant, Robert Lecuyer, Adam Wood, Dave McCloskey, and Chris Beck.

"These seniors put their hearts and souls into this club," said Melinda Edgerly, electrical engineering sophomore, and member of the AERO Club. "It's going to be impossible to fill their places because they are irreplaceable, but the AERO team is excited to begin building the Gen 3 car with plans for its continued improvement."

UVM AERO to Compete in Italy October 2010

The AERO team will travel to Italy in October to face-off with the World Champion of FHIC, Polytecnico Di Torino, at the 4th annual Formula Electric & Hybrid Italy competition. AERO will prepare the vehicle throughout the summer for this event and will ship the machine overseas in the early fall. AERO needs sponsor support to fund this adventure. If you are interested in helping the team, please contact AERO at or their faculty advisor, Jeff Frolik, at

AERO's success to date has been made possible by the generous support of sponsors including: Triangle Fabrication (Milton VT), Hazelett Strip Casting (Colchester VT), Dynapower (South Burlington VT), Vermont Space Grant Consortium, the IEEE Green Mountain Chapter, VELCO, Elithion and private donations by Roy Crowninshield and Ronald Brand.