Aggie engineering students have placed second in the 2010 international Formula Hybrid race car competition.

This is the second year the Aggies have competed in the hybrid race car contest, which they won in 2009 on their first try.

The team scored perfectly in the presentation and unrestricted acceleration portions of the contest, and scored a total of 939.4 points out of a possible 1,000 points to place second against 38 other teams from colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, India, Taiwan and Russia with a hybrid gasoline-electric powered formula-style race car. The competition was held May 3-6 in Loudon, N.H.

The Italian team, Politecnico De Torino, placed first.

The students designed and built the formula-style vehicle in a two-semester senior design course. Texas A&M teams have taken part in the international Formula SAE competition since 1999 and won that competition in 2000, 2006 and 2007.

The students spent about 15,000 man-hours designing, building and testing the vehicle.