Duke University Motorsports is a student group that designs and builds open wheel, single seat race cars to compete in the Formula SAE competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The team consists of Duke students from both Pratt and Trinity, in all classes. The purpose of the team is to provide students with a way to gain practical design and manufacturing experience in a fun and challenging setting.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Progress Updates

Suspension and steering (the steel versions) manufacturing is now done with the addition of the front push rods and ARBs.
Anti-roll bars, ready to be put into the car
 The next step for suspension is to set the car on the ground (waiting on wheel studs to come in - the order had to be re-placed yesterday, so mid next week maybe?).  We will probably throw on some old upright anyways for SAE Carolinas on Tuesday, so once the car is on the ground I can get an idea of pushrod settings and alignment.

We're getting everything ready to crank the engine tomorrow, so hopefully everything will go smoothly and we can set idle soon.  If we can get cooling and fuel mounted tomorrow during they day, we should be ready to crank by tomorrow night.

What's next?  Seat, shifter, pedals, and brakes should go in before dyno.  Once those are in, all that's really left is seat belt mounts, heatrest, and aero.  We'll see how much progress we can make tomorrow.

Front corner of the car
Gently easing the muffler endcap in

Had to move a fuel tank mount because it was hitting the battery box.

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