Rollout was a huge success. The team would like to thank Dr. Jackson, EMPAC, The Office of the President, The Mechanical, Aeronautical, Nuclear, and Electrical Engineering Department, and the School of Engineering. This event would not have been possible without you. We would also like to thank all of our guests who attended the event. The team has worked thousands of hours to build RM20 and really appreciate all of the support everyone has shown.
The team has also been working very hard lately and the car is nearly track ready. The aero kit now has side pods, a nose cone, and a rear wing. These are going to be integral parts of the car which should produce around 400 lbs of down force at 60 mph. This will help the car corner better, giving the car more grip at faster speeds, therefore allowing the car to put down faster times in the skid pad, endurance, and autocross events.
The chassis and suspension have been nearly fully redesigned this year. We now have carbon fiber A-arms in place of the previous year’s steel A-arms. This extensive use of carbon fiber tubes reduces weight, manufacturing time, and strength. For the engine, drivetrain, and electrical systems, everything but the engine has been though the design process in one way or another. This means that this year’s car will have more useable and predictable power and make the car faster.
The team has spent a great deal of time getting to this point in RM20’s development. Many hours have been spent researching, designing, and manufacturing this race car. The team has also put a lot of effort into making sure that the team is running as effectively as possible. Clearly these efforts have been successful as is evidenced by the 2013 car, RM20, that was presented last Monday. We will continue our efforts to get the car out on the track in the coming weeks. Prior to driving however, the engine must be broken in on our chassis dyno. Check back soon to see the first driving videos of RM20.
The team explaining the design of the car to fellow students, sponsors, school officials, and family members at rollout.
President Jackson posing for a photo with the team at the rollout event on last Monday
The car being shown to the audience after the presentation at rollout.