C-ELECTRONICS

C-Electronics is in charge of three things: making sure that the car's charging system can start the car and keep it running, adapting an ECU onto the engine with all the necessary sensors and components to allow for full tuning and driver capabilities, and providing a robust and reliable data logging system with sensors for all the other subsystems so that they can validate and improve on their designs.

COMPOSITES

The composites subsystem is responsible for manufacturing and process development of all carbon fiber and fiberglass components on the FSAE Combustion and Electric cars. Specific parts include: chassis for both cars, battery box, electronics mounts and aero package. In general, composites works to further develop the team knowledge base of manufacturing methods for a variety of applications across our cars.

ENGINE

Engine is responsible for creating power for the combustion car. We currently utilize a Yamaha YFZ450R engine with a high compression piston. Our engine is fitted with a custom 3D printed intake, stainless steel exhaust, fueling system, and cooling system. We work primarily with Drivetrain to study final drive and with C-Electronics to develop tunes for the engine using a MoTec M150 ECU. Our goals are to be both powerful and reliable.


MANUFACTURING

The goal of the manufacturing lead is to schedule, organize, and implement solutions to the manufacturing needs of the team. Since we are a team that manufactures the vast majority of our parts in-house, this means working with each subsystem to determine what must happen to turn their designs into physical parts. Not every ideal CAD model can be manufactured with commonly available tooling, so this lead must help to alter part designs for ease of manufacturing, and work to find other means to create those parts that cannot be altered. Finally and perhaps most importantly, the manufacturing team will work to produce the individual components that make up the car using the wide variety of machines and tooling available in the shop.

SUSPENSION

While the objective of suspension on a passenger car is to provide a comfortable ride, its objective on a race car is to maximize performance by keeping the car interfaced with the ground as effectively as possible. This is ultimately done by optimizing load and movement of the tires. Boasting over 200 parts per car, this subsystem includes springs, dampers, links, as well as the uprights, hubs, wheels, and tires. It also includes the geometry, or kinematics, of the suspension.

TESTING

No race car is competitive when it first rolls onto the track. Vehicles require extensive testing in order to fully characterize and optimize performance. The testing team is responsible for getting the car running and reliable. After initial shakedown to ensure all systems are operational, the testing team is in charge of collecting valuable performance data for subsystem leads to utilize to improve future performance. The testing team also works on car setup, tuning, and identifying reliability issues. Testing team is also responsible for training the teams competition drivers and getting team members prepared for maintaining the car during the race weekend.