State of Sustainable Racing 2012 Case Study
2012 is the 8th year for The Green Grand Prix, a showcase of motoring technology that aims for a cleaner environment. The event takes place in Watkins Glen, NY. Toyota is a first time major sponsor for 2012. The mission of the Toyota Green Grand Prix is to promote education and innovation in sustainable transportation technologies. The event attracts students from universities, colleges, and high schools. The organizers of the event designed the Green Grand Prix to be a means of encouraging technology students to stay in the Northeast to help move the region to become a center for clean energy. Both days offer educational seminars and displays by manufacturers and vendors. There is a rally that is open to all classes of road vehicles and both segments are conducted at highway speeds.
Race Events Include
- Doris Bovee Memorial Road Rally
- Segment 1: a130-mile, fuel economy event on the 2.45-mile short course at WGI
- Segment 2: a 140-mile road race on public roads for 140 miles
- An Electrathon race held on a course set up in an infield area of the track
The Electrathon Race
The Electrathon race is sanctioned and organized by NYElectrathon. Single-seat electric vehicles built, maintained and driven by high school teams are powered by the battery equivalent of 1 hp. They race at speeds of about 30 mph. Last year’s Green Grand Prix Electrathon drew teams from 10 schools in New York and Canada.
- Vehicle Type: A Variety of Fuel-efficient vehicles.
- Fuel/Energy Source: Gasoline, biodiesel, hydrogen, propane, compressed natural gas, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and full electric vehicles.
- Years in Production: Various
- Sponsors: Toyota, Corning, Clean Communities of Central NY, and EV & Hybrid Training. The race was developed by Three Rivers Development Foundation, an NGO chartered with fostering business development in the South Steuban area of New York State.
Research by Dominican University’s Green MBA Program
Authors: Jake Baker, Robin Carew, Diana Connolly, Jack Decker