Let’s Show the World What We’ve Got – Ohio State’s Camaro Reveal Event

The Ohio State University EcoCAR 3 team hosted an official reveal event at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) for our 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. The event, held January 16, was attended by several members of the National Corvette Restoration Society and a handful of alumni friends of the university. The event began with a presentation and group question and answer session in a classroom. Then, attendees were brought to a garage bay where they could examine the Camaro and individual components that make up the team’s reengineered powertrain. Our knowledgeable team members were stationed with the components to answer questions and provide additional information.

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The Director of CAR, Dr. Giorgio Rizzoni (left), presented on the history and mission of the center before one of Ohio State’s communications managers, Trevor Thompkins (right), discussed plans for EcoCAR’s future during the interactive presentation at the start of the event.

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After introductions from Dr. Rizzoni and and Dr. Shawn Midlam-Mohler, faculty adviser for Ohio State EcoCAR, M.J. Yatsko, engineering team leader, spoke about the team’s goals and accomplishments in EcoCAR 3. There was also a panel of EcoCAR 3 students who discussed their background and involvement with the program.

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A question and answer session followed the initial presentation, with plenty of audience participation. Guests posed questions about the work done at CAR, the accomplishments of Ohio State EcoCAR and how the team is positioning itself for the remaining years of EcoCAR 3.

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During the second phase of the event, attendees were invited into the garage where multiple stations were positioned to give our guests an inside-look at the car and the components that will make the overall powertrain. EcoCAR’s electrical and innovation team leader, Andrew Huster, explained the modifications that will convert Ohio State’s 2016 Chevrolet Camaro into a more eco-friendly design, including the car’s planned 45 mile all electric range and 5.6 second zero to sixty time. The car will be a classic, recharged.

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Visitors were free to tour several different stations, each one highlighting a different part of the car. Here, the electric motor and the belted alternator starter are explained to curious enthusiasts in a set up similar to a trade show.

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Dr. Rizzoni and Thompkins pointed out features of the stock 2016 Chevrolet Camaro and what Ohio State’s EcoCAR 3 team plans to change about them. This happened in front of signage from the team’s successful year one competition trade show display.

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At his station during the open house, Sam Yacinthe, system safety and engineering manager, discussed the finer points of the engine being put into the Camaro and the performance it will render. The visiting Corvette club members were very excited to hear about how the heart of our Camaro will be switched from the stock V6 to a four cylinder engine and an electric motor.

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Visitors and well-wishers were encouraged to write messages on the Camaro, showing their support and giving luck to OSU’s EcoCAR team before their impending disassembly of the car. Many of them did, with funny and inspiring messages!

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Here, a guest wished the team luck just below the signature Camaro emblem that has become a symbol for excellence in the automotive industry.

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The outpouring of support crowding the hood of Ohio State team’s vehicle is a physical representation of the event’s success and the community’s belief in the team. Among the supporting messages were team favorites like “This part goes here!” and the one calling out Ohio State’s chant “O-H!” to which onlookers called back, “I-O!”

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After an enjoyable and informative afternoon at CAR, members of OSU’s EcoCAR 3 team and our special guests, members of the National Corvette Restoration Society and some alumni friends of the university, posed in front of the newly decorated 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, which will soon be disassembled to install the team’s hybrid-electric powertrain.

Written by: Patrick Murtha, Ohio State EcoCAR Communications team member

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