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.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thanks to everyone for a great year!

We officially finished competition Saturday, and we placed 12th overall, which ties our best finish ever, even against some really stiff competition this year.

I'd like to say thanks to everyone who has contributed this year - all the members of our team who put in all the time and effort to make this year happen, our alumni, our sponsors, and everyone at the university who helped us out.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

At competition

We're at competition right now and done with day 1.

It's been a rough ride so far, but we're weathering the storm.  We arrived to find contents in the trailer had shifted, and war wagon had rolled back and put a dent in our car.  The car rolled back, the chainguard hit a stand, and it hit hard enough to bend the chainguard (1/8" steel) and knock the drivetrain out of place.  First thing we did was remove the drivetrain and check it over.  It seems fine, but we'll see once we're allowed to run the engine.

Our bodywork also got hit.  The nose cone got hit pretty hard, and was cracked along the front.  We worked yesterday to patch the inside and fill the outside, so we'll have to repaint it today.  We'll see how that works out.

We've almost passed tech - the tech inspectors are making us replace a tube and add another one, because they think that our rear wing loads require a 1"x0.049" tube for some reason.  I don't agree, but I'm not about to argue with the rules committee about that right now.  We've cut out what we need, notched the new tubes, and things should be getting welded back in right now.

Not an easy day, but not too terrible either all things considered.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Bodywork Photos

We went for one of the last runs before competition today. After tuning the car, we did a few endurance and accel runs. Most things are finalized, and we got a chance to check our fuel economy, which happens to be fantastic.

Here are a few pictures from today. Check out the bodywork.

And here's a comparison of the car to the CAD model: