We recently finished the engine mounts for the new frame, and everything is starting to come together for the car.
|Engine mounts on the new frame|
Xavier has been leading the way with the electrics for the new car, and they have not only been looking at the PCB boards for the car, but also machining a lot of the mounting panels for the ECU, dash, and master switches. It's very easy to forget all of the small details that are needed to assemble a subsystem properly.
|Under the magnifying glass|
|But wait, he's an ECE...???|
|So happy for something so shiny|
We also tried our luck with the first round of making the carbon fiber aero package for the new car. We thought everything was going smoothly, but we soon realized that excessive vacuum causes the airfoils to crinkle and harden that way. We're currently researching different methods of applying the carbon fiber, epoxy, and vacuum to the foam airfoils, but we also want to focus on getting all of the other parts of the car done before worrying about the aero package.
|Cutting the carbon fiber sections for the airfoils|
|New heat exchanger|
Duke Motorsports is also hosting the SAE Carolinas event at a local highschool, Research Triangle Highschool, this Tuesday. Some of the universities that will be attending are USC, UNC-Charlotte, NC A&T, and Clemson, and these teams will be bringing their Formula SAE and Baja SAE cars to showcase. We will all have the opportunity to talk with the other teams, with engineers working in industry, and then have the opportunity to present the progress our teams have made so far this year. It should be a great event, and we're looking forward to it!
And finally, since the Duke-UNC game is this coming Wednesday, GO TO HELL CAROLINA, GO TO HELL!