Ohio State Picking Up Momentum Heading into Competition

O-H-I-O – LET’S GO BUCKS! The countdown to Year Three Competition is almost in the single digits!

With the EcoCAR Year Three Competition approaching quickly, the Ohio State University EcoCAR 2 team has been working diligently to prepare their vehicle. The team has been focusing on two major areas: light-weighting the vehicle and testing and validating the control strategy.

One of the main goals this year was to reduce the weight of the vehicle. To accomplish this, the team has been working multiple senior undergraduate capstone teams to incorporate a carbon fiber hood and trunk, a light-weight rear cradle, and new brakes. These changes are predicted to have a significant impact on fuel economy and performance.

The newly designed hood of the Ohio State EcoCAR vehicle – made entirely of carbon fiber!

The newly designed hood of the Ohio State EcoCAR vehicle – made entirely of carbon fiber!

The team has also put a significant amount of time into testing on the chassis dynamometer located at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) at Ohio State. This has allowed the team to validate vehicle operating modes – series and charge depleting. Overall, it has resulted in improved functionality helping to prepare the vehicle even more for competition.

To validate the vehicle’s parallel mode, Ohio State is lucky to have Transportation Research Center (TRC) so close! TRC, a competition sponsor, Ohio State team sponsor, and host of the Year Three Emissions Testing event, has the ability to allow the team to test parallel mode and overall performance – which is helping to improve the overall performance of the vehicle.

There is still plenty of work that needs to be done on the vehicle to keep everyone busy, but the team feels they will be ready when it is time to head up to Milford!