3rd placed newcomers at Goodwood

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Our first test day at Goodwood Motor Circuit was a great success. After a frantic effort to get the car ready during the week, we arrived early, sailed through scrutineering and DG1 was one of the first cars on track. Joshua from Hurst College, an experienced Go-Kart driver took DG1 out first and set an early lap time that placed us well up the field.

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Disaster struck after 45 mins when we dropped the chain and needed the recovery vehicle to bring us back to the paddock.  We went to work on fixing the problem. Liam, Daniel & Emmanuel from The Eastbourne Academy helped to identify and fix the problem. A small adjustment to the real axle and the drive cog on the electric motor spindle put it right. DG1 was now running better than ever before. Better meaning quieter. Alignment of our drive chain meant less energy loss or transference as noise. Energy cannot be created or destroyed but only transferred. Any energy transferred into heat or noise is a  loss of motion energy and that it was drives us forward faster.

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In total we lost 57 minutes of track time and the lunch break was upon us. This gave us more time to further explore some of the mechanical features of our car.

Nathan, Chichester High School for Boys, took DG1 back on track at the start of the afternoon session and set our fastest lap time. Congratulations to Nathan.

With little time left we had to resort to a single lap per student which meant we would not record a further flying timed lap all afternoon. We dropped down the rankings as the day progressed but we remained in a podium place for newcomers.

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We dropped from 18th to 26th out of 33 teams. This is still quite impressive considering we had never run the car before. It was nice to see so many Solutions inc. partner schools competing. Below are the lap times.

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Goodwood Test Day

SolutionsInc_GnPwr_075_JHOpen to IET Formula 24, the Digital Genius formula for students (aged 11-16), this  is the ideal time to get in some early season track time.

We aim to give all those students wanting to drive the opportunity to do so. We will issue drivers with the required safety equipment (race overalls, balaclava and helmet) on the day.

In addition to driving the car we will asking attendees to assist us as pit crew members and as iPad journalists, interviewing other teams.

Goodwood Motor Circuit, Sunday 19th April

The timetable of the event will be:
– 0900hrs – Teams Arrive and Sign On
– 0930hrs – Scrutineering Opens
– 0950hrs – Team Briefing
– 1000-1230 – Track Session Testing 1
– 1230-1300 – Lunch Break
– 1300-1500 – Track Session Testing 2

Car chassis

I made this illustration showing the side of the car chassis. The drawing is 1:10 scale (so 1mm on the drawing =10mm full size).

This drawing (Adobe illustrator on Mac) helps us to understand where body panels might best be attached to the chassis and the size of each panel.  The circles with crosses in represent the centre of the wheels.

Race car panels

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Race Suit Design

We have now ordered our team race suits & helmets for student members to wear trackside. Following negotiations with key suppliers to Solutions inc. we now have some sponsors.

Here is a preliminary design showing the various logos in suggested positions (done in Photoshop on Mac).

 

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The Eastbourne Academy visit Hurst College

Students from The Eastbourne Academy recently visited Hurst College to see the progress their students have made on the race car so far. After a very warm welcome and tea from Hurst, everyone helped to shape the car by sanding down the foam body, adjusted the brakes and steering, took measurements and even got to have a test drive!

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