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THE SUBSYSTEMS

Aerodynamics

Downforce, you gotta have it

Major components

Front and rear wings, floor, sidepods, bodywork, seat

What You'll Learn

SolidWorks, Ansys, Optimum Lap, Computational fluid dynamics (CFD), carbon fiber layups

From the team

The Aerodynamics subsystem aims to improve vehicle performance via the manipulation of airflow around the car. We design our parts with the goal of maximizing downforce and minimizing drag. We manufacture most of our parts out of carbon fiber. This year, we are experimenting with new CFD software, iterating on last year’s designs, and looking to expand our testing methods.

Chassis

Welding Tubes & Winning Moves

Major components

Space frame chassis, steering wheel + driver controls, seat, impact attenuator

What You'll Learn

SolidWorks, ANSYS, Excel, CAD, component packaging, FEA simulation, data collection and analysis, jig design, welding, non-destructive testing (NDT), project management 

From the team

We design and manufacture the skeleton of the car, providing structural integrity and a place for everything to mount on. The chassis must be lightweight yet strong enough to withstand forces like turning and crashing. We also design the ergonomics and driver controls, ensuring a comfortable and efficient layout of the cockpit. We are the newest subsystem on the team, so we're always looking for new members!

Powertrain

Vroomin' and Zoomin'

Major components

Engine, drivetrain, turbo, fuel system

What You'll Learn

SolidWorks, Ricardo Wave, engine dyno, MoTeC, Optimum Lap, CAD modeling, transmission analysis, lap simulation, thermal analysis

From the team

Our job is to make the car go fast. If you like a mixture of loud noises, design, and manufacturing, the powertrain subsystem might be the place for you. Whether you’ve spent years under the hood or only know how to pump gas, we’re excited to have you on the team.

Vehicle Dynamics

Nothing important

Major components

Tires, Suspension, Wheel Assemblies, Braking System, Steering System

What You'll Learn

Optimum Kinematics, Optimum Tire, SolidWorks, kinematic simulation, data visualization and interpretation, CAD modeling

From the team

The Vehicle Dynamics subsystem is devoted to ensuring the car handles quickly and predictably. We build our package around the tires, optimizing how the car corners, accelerates, steers, and brakes. With our hands on so many parts of the car, we guarantee there will be a project of interest for everyone.

Electrics

It's Electric! boogie woogie woogie

Major components

Wiring harness, BSPD, throttle body, servo motors, data ingestion

What You'll Learn

Altium, RapidHarness, MoTeC, logic validation, component research, wiring schematic design

From the team

Circuits. Wires. Sensors. Logic. Switches. Pins. Data. Tuning. Vehicle Systems pulls the car together, linking and working with every subsystem on the team. We operate through our main critical devices, the Engine Control Unit (ECU) and the Power Distribution Module (PDM), and provide hands-on experience integrating complex systems, applying universal electrical concepts, and creating a robust product with visible results in real time.

 

Operations

Behind the Scenes

Major components

Recruitment, sponsorship, online presence

What You'll Learn

Wix, Canva, Airtable, writing, photography, graphic design

From the team

The Operations subsystem's main focus throughout the year is to manage the team's public image. Operation allows us to maintain our long term success by promoting key events and documenting the hard work that goes on in the garage. We encourage new ideas and want to showcase the unique aspects that makes our team who we are.

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