In the beginning of November, the OSU EcoCAR 2 team had the privilege of attending the 2012 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance. The show, which was long awaited by the team members (because of the 75 degree weather, among other reasons…) featured motoring heritage and technology. Held annually since 2002, the festival this year put a greater emphasis on advanced automotive technology by having a number of new exhibits, vehicles and even a special guest!
The festival entailed spending a long weekend on Hilton Head Island in the featured 2012 display: “Road to the Future.” In addition to the Ohio State vehicle, the exhibit featured a number of different vehicles including a Nissan Leaf, a Tesla Roadster and a Chevrolet Volt. To show how far industry has come in advanced technology, the exhibit also featured a 1917 Detroit Electric.
The OSU EcoCAR Team was also visited by Bob Lutz, former General Motors vice chairman. Lutz, who was heavily involved in the creation of the Chevrolet Volt during his time at GM, was very interested in learning about the competition and the OSU team’s vehicle design.
“After meeting Mark Reuss, the president of GM North America last year, it was awesome to meet another experienced GM executive. Bob was so interested about hearing about the team and how we went about designing our vehicle,” said Matt Yard, co-team leader.
In addition to the Motoring Festival, the team also spent a good amount of time with the OSU Alumni Club located in Hilton Head. Team members were the honored guests at a local restaurant, Mangiamo’s, for a celebration of Ohio State’s advancements in vehicle technologies.
Overall the Hilton Head experience was a great one for the OSU EcoCAR team. But now it is back to Ohio (and the 40 degree weather) to continue the work on the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu!