Joseph Belter pilots BR13 in the pits
Bulldogs Racing is the Yale University chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The team designs and produces hybrid-powered, formula-style racecars for the Formula-Hybrid Competition. Held annually by SAE in Loudon, New Hampshire, the Formula-Hybrid Competition is the most demanding of SAE’s collegiate design competitions.
At the 2013 competition, Bulldogs Racing became international champions. Our car was named the Formula-Hybrid Best Hybrid Vehicle overall having posted the fastest times in all three dynamic events. The vehicle won the Ford Most Efficient Hybrid Award (first place), the Chrysler Innovation award (first place), and the GM Best Engineered Hybrid System award (second place). Bulldogs Racing is charged about its hugely successful finish in 2013, and the team is making significant improvements to the car to ready it for this spring’s competition.
A Brief Team History
In 2006, Yale College seniors working under the guidance of Professor John Morrell designed and constructed a car to compete in the inaugural Formula Hybrid Competition. The car was built under the auspices of a mechanical engineering design seminar, and the nominal budget and the small size of the team proved impediments to success. In 2008, the core group of engineers founded Bulldogs Racing — a Yale Undergraduate Organization. Since 2008, Bulldogs Racing has grown by leaps and bounds to become a world-renowned racing team. In 2010, the car won the GM Best Engineered Hybrid Systems Award (second place) and was a finalist in the design competition. The team grew from its experiences in the 2010 competition, and after diligent development and careful work over the course of several years, Bulldogs Racing fielded BR13 — the race car that would win the 2013 Formula-Hybrid Competition.