After months of designing and building including an Ecovative growing cycle, Rensselaer’s Formula Hybrid racing team has unveiled their 2013 racecar, The Heron. In addition to advanced performance from battery placement and lighter weight from material selection, the team of 19 students selected Ecovative to grow side impact bolsters to protect the car’s driver.
Ecovative scientists worked with the local team to design and grow custom shapes, specifically molded to the average driver’s body. While the competition does not regulate the performance of the side bolsters, judges prefer protection for the driver’s arm and chest. Ecovative’s solution allowed the Hybrid team to eliminate their traditional seat pan, reducing the weight of the seat with an upholstered aluminum seat plate.
Rensselaer Formula Hybrid will race at the 2013 International Formula Hybrid Competition April 29 – May 2 in Loudonville, NH. Ecovative wishes the team our best luck in driving the future of sustainable racing materials.
Ecovative is honored to host Patrick Gallagher (a real physicist), Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology. Gallagher also serves as Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), promoting domestic innovation and competition in the industry through the advancement of measurement science, standards, and technology. Gallagher is a government overseer of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and he is also co-chair of the Standards Subcommittee under the White House National Science and Technology Council. NIST also houses the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership National Program Office.
As part of his visit and keynote speech at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Gallagher’s visit included a tour of the facility, focusing on Ecovative’s technological advancement in collaboration with RPI, New York State agencies, and other area colleges and universities. In appreciation for his support of Ecovative’s partnerships and efforts, Gallagher received a home-grown, custom engraved Mushroom® Plaque.