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.
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.
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.
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.