What is Waterloo Hybrid?
Waterloo Hybrid is a student design team at the University of Waterloo that designs, builds, and races a fully functioning hybrid or electric racecar. The team competes in several international events all over North America. In 2017, Waterloo Hybrid is aiming to race at Formula Student Germany, where the best of the best in the world compete against each other. In 2015, Waterloo Hybrid designed and built a hybrid racecar for the 2014/2015 and now has built an all-electric racecar for the 2015/2016 season. More information can be found on the Waterloo Hybrid website here.
Waterloo Hybrid's most recent achievement was placing 4th at the 2016 Formula Hybrid competition with our new all-electric vehicle. The vehicle placed 1st in the design competition and won several design award from parties like IEEE and GM. 1st place at the 2015 Formula Hybrid competition in New Hampshire, an international competition with teams attending from as far as India, Turkey, and New Zealand. Waterloo Hybrid also broke the record for longest Endurance race, beating the record of 28km and setting it at 33km! This event was well-documented by media such as cbc. More results from Formula Hybrid 2015 can be found here.
My journey at Waterloo Hybrid
I started as a mechanical team member at Waterloo Hybrid, machining parts to be put on the 2015 hybrid vehicle. I now have transferred to the electrical team and am working on designing PCBs for the 2016 all-electric vehicle. Specifically, I am working together with Archie, another electrical team member, to design the PCDC board, or Precharge Discharge board. The PCDC board limits the current that carries 300V to the motor controller board. In addition to being part of the electrical sub-team, I am also the media lead. I organize a team of 6 students who manage media of the team and vehicle. This includes press photos, media releases, and contest entries.
The media team has created the following videos. This video documents our success at the Formula Hybrid international competition. This video was submitted as part of the 2015 Auto Generation Video Contest.