Shown below is a video taken during the team's Navigation Rensselaer and Beyond event, at which we demonstrated the race car to a group of incoming freshmen.
However, throughout testing in the fall, new challenges were presented while issues we'd experienced before continued to haunt us. Considering the risk of damaging systems the we planned to reuse in 2013, we disassembled the car earlier than planned for and began work on a new bench-top dynamometer in early October. I hope to have another post up soon detailing progress on the dyno and engine-tuning.
Aside from our work to overcome these unexpected challenges, work has also continued toward innovation on last year's systems, as planned out in our mission to spend two years on one car. During the fall semester a senior capstone team, consisting of several RPI hybrid team members as well as others, focused their design project on a new limited-slip differential for our car. Building on the internals of our LSD from Car 2.0, a new, lightweight housing was designed and fabricated to accommodate two sprockets in the same configuration as on our spool. At the end of the fall semester, the differential was being tested on a custom rig designed by the capstone team. I hope to have a post designated to the new differential up soon, and we all look forward to putting it in the car on February 3rd.
With thanks to our awesome crew of new members and our new mechanical team leadership (Dave Golden and Dresdan Gordon), we have also seen a ton of progress on other systems, particularly the shifter, pedal box, battery box, dashboard, EFI, and CAN bus system among other things. There have been many exciting developments in these systems and fabrication is about to begin for all these projects, so we hope to have some photos and details coming soon! (I'd give you a sneak peak of the pedal box, but first some issue regarding my Solidworks licensing needs to be investigated further).
RPI Hybrid President