Today in the Baja laboratory, members continued to debate new rear suspension designs. The group discussed the difference between the current design and a 5-point suspension design. Benefits of the proposed design would be a stronger suspension setup when going over rocky terrain. Vice President Rob Pohren’s parents also stopped by to comment on current designs, as well as a new perspective on new designs.
Members were tasked to remove the Gearbox Mount from Car 48 to be replaced with a stronger, improved design. Next, the team sat down and began finalizing the Constant Velocity or CV Shafts, which transfer power from the gearbox to the wheel. New designs will include plunge, which will increase the durability of the output shaft. Other members began to cut the knuckles off of last year CV Shafts in order to reuse them so they can be used for testing iterations.
Former Vice President Alec La Velle continued to work on the upcoming braking system, which he is designing for his Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Project. This new design will create reliable braking force for the front and rear of the vehicles. This will relieve the issue that has plagued the club through Technical Inspection at races over the last few years. Cost Analysis currently is predicting this new design will save the team over $800 over the previous designs.
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