The Frame & Ergonomics sub-team is responsible for designing and producing one of the most integral parts of our race car; the chassis. In addition, this sub-team also designs the car’s seat, head restraint and belts, which enhance the driver’s comfort and safety. When designing the chassis, the goal is to achieve the best possible combination of maximum torsional stiffness and minimum weight that meets the competition’s safety standards. The chassis in the base on which every other component of the car will be mounted on, and therefore is crucial for the vehicle’s success. The sub-team has experience in creating both tubular steel and monocoque aluminum frames.
The Composite materials sub-team is responsible for choosing the materials being used in a variety of applications in every part of the car and, thus, work closely with the rest of the sub-teams. Our Composite materials sub-team members study and test the mechanical properties of composite materials, such as carbon fiber, kevlar and fiberglass and aim at integrating them in our vehicle by manufacturing lightweight, rigid and durable components, necessary for each application. Tests include physical properties testing (tensile, bending and shear tests) as well as simulations performed in finite analysis software. Composite materials have been used in all of our racecars with the most noteable applications being the aerodynamic package and battery box.
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