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, June 7, 2013
The great thing about a brand new design is the design latitude. The bad thing about a brand new design is... the design latitude. Making everything fit properly is never an easy task, and often requires you to take a step back and look for some very creative options.
With the help of susprog, I think I've finished the first iteration of the suspension packaging.
The front was relatively easy - I was able to get the motion ratios required and the ARB packaging with pullrods without too much issue.
The rear on the other hand is much more difficult because of the addition of a driveshaft, frame limitations, aero limitations, and rim clearance. However, everything fits, the min clearance at static is slightly less than 0.1" (cutting it close, I know), so a lot of the success of this design relies on good tolerances and properly jigging parts during construction.