Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Parking Lot Testing

A video of our testing at Google Video

Tuesday, May 30, 2006


Making sure the car passes the 20 degree incline test

Jason getting strapped into the car

Tom running along side the car to make sure he drive train is in working order

The car all together

This week: tear down and polish everything! Then leave for Michigan on Sunday!

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The Fairing

Estevan taping off where he wants the stripes

The fairing with the tape marks for the side windows

David chattin on the phone while looking at the side view windows

The fairing after being painted and sprayed with clear coat by Estevan.
All we need now is some polish and wax!

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Monday, May 22, 2006

5-22-06 Progress

The back of the firewall after it being bonded to the roll bar

The front of the firewall. OOOO, shiny!

Estevan & David bonding the front lips

Our stearing geometry

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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Test Fitting

Making sure David fits in the car

Fitting the engine, jackshaft & rear wheel in the back of the car

We only have 2 weeks until we leave to Michigan! We should be done pretty soon. I'll keep posting as the testing and building continues!

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Potting the Inserts

Estevan & Jason drilling the holes and making sure the bolts fit through holes.

Josh & Estevan mixing the potting compound

The finished inserts for the front wheels

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Insert Testing

Metal inserts were made thanks to Trace, an IME student. These inserts are in the shape of a thread spool and the purpose of the inserts is to give us a place to bolt down our parts in the car.

The inserts potted in our test pieces of carbon fiber

David working the tensile tester down in the composites lab

A test piece failing in bending

End results:
Pull Out test - 135 lbs per insert
Shear Test - 700 lbs per insert

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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Roll Bar 2

Roll Bar Vacuum bagged

Pulling the roll bar and test pieces from the oven

David trying to pull the roll bar from the mold

Test fitting the roll bar in the car

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Making the Roll Bar

Making the top portion of the mold

Making the bottom portion of the mold

Test fitting the two

Bondoing and RTVing the two halves together

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Making the Sprocket

Ordinary piece of aluminum sheetmetal

Central Coast Creative Cutting letting us cut our sprocket on their water jet cutter

The machine cutting our sprocket and spacers

The finished product

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Monday, May 01, 2006

Finished Products

Weighing the parts
Top: 4 lbs w/o ribs
Bottom: 9 lbs
Projected Total weight excluding driver: 70 lbs
Finished parts.
Next: Ribs in the top, start mounting stuff to bottom!

The Carbon Fiber

Top w/ sacrificial windshield
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