Wow, what a gorgeous chassis.
With a beautiful Carnegie Mellon Racing Red powdercoat, our completed chassis is now gracing our Garage. Assembly is now set to begin! Look for more exciting progress in the next week.
CMR has entered the final tabbing phase before the chassis is sent out for powdercoating this week. Brand new high-voltage wire routing tabs can be seen, along with the huge high-voltage disconnect switch required by the rules.
A sweet driver training corner has been set up for taking breaks in the Garage too, keeping us sharp during these cold winter months.
Although this digital training might be enough for most teams, CMR stepped up this year by attending PittRace’s first Snowball Enduro. With sub-20 degree temperatures and an ice-covered karting track, CMR raced many other teams in a slipping and sliding filled competition. We scored a Second Place trophy, which is not bad considering 2 of our 3 teams broke their karts mid-race.
Our welders have been working overtime in the past week to finish welding the chassis and position all CMR 14e’s tabs onto the vehicle. You can see the new accumulator protection chassis tubing on either side of the main structure.
Both G10-FR4 accumulator containers have now been epoxied together and will undergo final touches this week before battery pack assembly begins. Module compression endplates have also been waterjetted and post machined.
To add to this eventful week, our Garage has undergone many improvements. New light fixtures, part washer, CNC coolant filter, large computer monitors and air heater have made working in the shop much more productive. We are excited to spend all our free time down there this semester!
Many of CMR’s team members participated this week in Carnegie Mellon’s Build 18 event – with students working all week on an ECE/CS related project. Not to miss a great opportunity to work on race cars, CMR was well represented.
One project wired rotary potentiometers, pressure sensors, tapped the throttle position sensor on CMR 67, and connected them to a computer to play Need For Speed using the car’s controls. Crowds were gathering around to see.
A custom lap timer was also made for keeping track of our testing times, in addition to a reprogrammed RC car using a custom software package that will translate onto next year’s GLV controls system to increase sampling speed.
It was also an exciting process getting the car into the Gym, the looks we received from CMU employees was priceless.
CMR is proud to present its 2014 Teaser Trailer, produced by Dan Christiansen. Check it out!