At the very beginning of the semester, I was invited to attend Maurice's final senior presentation on the fuel tank design for the new car. He did a fantastic job, touching on all of the key design points as well as showing all of the effort he put into creating the fuel tank. We consider ourselves lucky to have had the opportunity to have Maurice come by the garage and work with us, and we're definitely looking into developing a more concrete fellowship between engineering student groups and local high schools for the future.
|Maurice giving his presentation|
Alright, well back to the car...So we had a slight mishap with the carbon fiber intake. Last semester, we put the intake together with a small amount of epoxy to seal it, and then applied carbon fiber on all of the seams waiting for the Spring to apply the final coat of epoxy and vacuum bag the entire assembly. Well, it was that time, and we also carbon fibered our wax runners to have a nearly finished air induction system.
|Vacuum bagging the intake and runners|
|Melting the wax from the runners|
|New intake design|
|Prepped diffuser/restrictor mold|
When we were looking at the frame, we noticed that there was a slight error in the rear, specifically with the location of a cross-brace and the x-brace located at the very back of the frame. The first Saturday back, we decided to jump right on that so that we could have the frame ready.
We had Justin chop away at the old tubing while we prepped the new frame tubes for fitment, and the end result turned out very well.
|New rear of frame|
|Suspension masters at work|
Yesterday, we were also able to accomplish a big chunk of work as well. David, who's been hard at work machining the drivetrain and WHUBs components on the car, decided to work with Jackson on designing and manufacturing a new plate for the buttons and lights on the dash for the car (ignition, shift light, neutral light, etc.). For us taller drivers, our knees take a beating when driving the car because they ram into these mounting plates, but the new location should completely eliminate that.
|Machining the plate|
|Working the CAD|
The removal of the stock rear engine mount was more of a stress release than anything else, but in the end, it turned out great.
|Our garage door|
|"Cooking" in the garage|