THE SUBSYSTEMS

Aerodynamics

Vertically Challenged

Major components

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

Key tools

SolidWorks, HyperWorks, Optimum Lap

Core skills

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. It provides a diverse experience between design, validation, testing, and manufacturing. This year, we are focusing on improving the performance of the aero package, including expanding our testing methods, experimenting with new manufacturing, and implementing an active aerodynamic system.

Chassis

Got Mounts?

Major components

Chassis, impact attenuator

Key tools

Welder, SolidWorks

Core skills

CAD modeling and simulation, welding

From the team

The chassis is the main structure of the car that distributes loads and keeps our drivers safe. It’s vital to design quickly and correctly so that all other subsystems can attach their components to the frame.

Powertrain

Vroomin' and Zoomin'

Major components

Engine, drivetrain, turbo, fuel system

Key tools

SolidWorks, Ricardo Wave, engine dyno, MoTeC, Optimum Lap

Core skills

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

(sus)pension

Major components

Suspension, wheels, steering, brake system

Key tools

Optimum Kinematics, Optimum Tire, SolidWorks

Core skills

CAD modeling and simulation, data visualization

From the team

The Vehicle Dynamics subsystem focuses on the car's handling and all related components. We focus on the connection point between the vehicle and the ground and how the vehicle accelerates, brakes, steers, and corners. The team is manufacturing and simulation heavy, and we guarantee it has something for everyone.

Vehicle Systems

It's Electric! boogie woogie woogie

Major components

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

Key tools

Altium, RapidHarness, MoTeC

Core skills

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

Key tools

Wix, Canva, Airtable

Core skills

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.