Video of Paul Harraka driving the FSAE car. His help was invaluable in getting the suspension tuning set in a very short period of time.
It hasn't exactly been a smooth ride to this point. We've had a number of small failures in testing, but hey, that's the point of testing. It's nice to be able to catch all these problems early, and having time to get the car just right before competition is great.
So far, we had a radiator tab fatigue and break, we've had the throttle cable replaced due to a kink in the cable, we've had to fix the rear wing mounts multiple times (poor surface prep on the epoxy bonds), we've had a spherical bearing pop out of one of the carbon fiber a-arms, I've hit the front wing pretty hard on cones and cracked it, the rear wing started delaminating from the foam, the fan controller literally caught on fire due to an electrical short, the carbon fiber shifter snapped, and now we're having another fuel issue (likely the fuel pump). I think that's most of them at least.
All these issues have been fixed except for the fuel issue, which we're going to work on today. Costi is putting in a fuel pressure gauge so that we can diagnose the problem accurately, but we're going to pick up a few more fuel pumps because they seem to die a lot.
|We ran the old diffuser (the heavier one) with the carbon fiber suspension as a precaution; just in case something broke, the diffuser would have gotten destroyed. Luckily, nothing broke.|