Graybar Sponsors Formula Hybrid Car Competition

ST. LOUIS, May 10, 2010 – Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical and communications products and related supply chain management and logistics services, was a proud sponsor of the Formula Hybrid competition hosted last week by the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway 1

The competition, which took place at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., challenged 30 teams of undergraduate and graduate engineering students to design, build and then compete with single-seat hybrid racecars, emphasizing high-performance fuel efficiency.

As part of its support, Graybar provided each team with 20 feet of Liquid-Tuff™ Type A orange conduit that, with its industrial-strength heat protection, helped the students meet the competition's rigorous safety standards. While appropriate for hybrids, the versatile material is typically supplied by Graybar for high-heat applications ranging from outdoor signage to industrial facilities.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway 2

Now in its third year, Formula Hybrid builds on the international Formula SAE hybrid racecar competition, requiring cars to pass an acceleration test, autocross and endurance tests, as well as engineering and construction evaluations.

"We are proud to support the engineers of tomorrow with materials that help build today's innovations," said Kent Duran, National Product Manager for Graybar. "Formula Hybrid is an excellent opportunity for students to push hybrid technologies to the next level and create solutions for today's energy challenges."

Watch a video of the Formula Hybrid International Competition hosted by the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College on the Scientific American website.