Qapla' batlh je!
I have decided to document my progress on my final year University project .
The project is to build a car that conforms to the Formula 24+ standards set by Green Power.
This should help us keep track of what is going on and what needs to be done
and hopefully get feedback from people interested in the automotive field and make everything sound cooler than it already is.
I also hope it will provide future students and hobbyists with a reference point so they can draw on our experience with the project.
Since the project began before the conception of this post here is a summary of the work that's been done (Mostly by the previous team) and what we
plan to do with the equipment we have at the moment.
For those of you who dont know about green power:
Formula 24+ is an exciting Formula, aimed at those in further education aged 16-25 years. Anyone that falls into this category can enter, including
privateers, youth groups, sixth forms, colleges, universities, graduate schemes and company apprenticeship schemes. The vehicle regulations are almost
identical to Formula 24 for secondary schools – the only difference being an increase in allowed vehicle length to cater for taller drivers and
allow enhanced aerodynamics. Seven championship rounds of 90 minutes are held at major motor circuits for Formula 24 + cars during June, July and
September 2009*. Teams must compete in two races of their choice, plus the final round of the season held at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in October, to
be included in the Constructors Championship. Points for the Constructors Championship will be awarded on the following basis at each round: 1st –
10 points; 2nd – 8 points; 3rd – 6 points; 4th – 5 points; 5th – 4 points; 6th – 3 points; 7th – 2 points; 8th – 1 point. Teams may
enter more than the three compulsory events, but only their three highest scores will be counted, one of which must be from the final round.
A second requirement for the project is that the same car should (with minimal modifications) be used for the Shell Eco challenge.
Now the two specifications are for (understandably) two entirely different vehicles.
The Green power F24+ is an electric racer while the Shell Eco car is a petrol powered super efficient vehicle.
Out car will be a sort of (pseudo) Hybrid. We plan to have a common chassis and body shell with a swappable engine.
To do this the engine unit must be modular and easily removable.
We also plan to use a common gearbox so both the engine units must be compatible with it.
So I am going to document my build here. It might be useful for students in the future or for people who are interested in auto mobile modification
If anyone has any ideas or suggestions please let me know. all feedback is appreciated.
That's all for now. I will keep updating this space at least once a week to keep track of our progress, so if you are interested watch this space.
Live Long And Prosper
P.S. a blog with the same content can be followed here. The content will be almost the same but without a discussion board.
[edit on 8-1-2010 by raptorinvictus]