Thursday, February 27, 2014
We're back with a new month and a lot more accomplished. The first thing we started was aligning the wheels on the S20 car. The reasoning behind this is the Ackerman Angle. This aligning will make it smoother around the corners. We got the rear axle mount installed to hold the rear tire in place. Carsten, Auston D., and Ian also started on the steering system this month. Another thing we did was put strap metal on the car. This is used to attach body panels. We did this for more body support. The design for the brake pedal mount was started. This helps keep the brake pedal in place. Easton finished up all the welding this month too. Morgan also worked on motor mounts. These will keep the motor in place. Derek started making auto CAD drawings for the front axles to help align steering system. The guys also discussed a steering wheel and seat belt design. We decided and put in a seat belt harness. This insures better safety if there were to be a crash. We set the steering which means setting the caster, camber, toe and the Ackerman Angle to precise measurements. In the A31 car this month we lengthened the throttle. This allows taller drivers better access to the foot pedal. That is it for the month of February and we'll be back next month!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Thursday, January 30, 2014
New year, same old thing. The Bancroft-Rosalie Power Drive was back at it when we returned to school on January 7th. Morgan started putting strap metal on the S20 car for the body. Austin B. also continued his battery testing. The guys redesigned the canopy, discussed a new canopy and cutoff bars from our old canopy. We think redesigning the canopy for the S20 car will make it more aerodynamic and easier to get in and out of. Also makes it easier for our bigger drivers and we wanted to switch up the car design a bit. Auston D. put the arches in the back. The boys also started working on the engine stands so that we can make welding on the car easier by rolling it over. Also welded and put straps on for the body. Zeb, Taylor, Carsten, and Dayne worked on the seat. On the A31 car we gave it a paint job, put an E meter in the car, changed all the brake fluids, put in some new brake rotors, and put in a new LED tail light. As for us documentation specialists we have been working hard all month on putting all the data and getting everything organized. That is it for the month of January and we'll keep you updated on what we do in February!