Day 3 has held many challenges and victories; the team has passed tech inspection with flying colours, completed our cost, design, and business presentations, and passed the tilt test. At the end of the day, the team also attempted to complete the noise test.
To elaborate on the events, below are exerts from the FSAE Student Handbook that explain what they are. I encourage readers to read the full description if they have further interest.
The concept of the cost event is to obtain an accurate estimate of cost of the car in a limited production. The report is in effect your cost proposal to the senior management of a company to get them to invest in your product line. Additionally, the teams will also prepare an electronic Bill of Materials using a shared database with standard materials and processes and a detailed process description. This evaluates not only the cost of the car, but also the team's ability to prepare an accurate engineering cost estimate and know exactly how the vehicle would be built.
Design judging will consist of 15 groups (queues) of judges, each having six to nine design judges. The judges in each queue will evaluate the following areas: Suspension; Frame / Body / Aero; Powertrain; Cockpit / Controls / Brakes / Safety; Systems Management / Integration; Manufacturability / Serviceability; Aesthetics / Style; & Creativity. Each judge has a different area of niche expertise, and will seek out the student team member responsible for that particular area of the car.
After a year of planning, fabricating, and testing a new, prototype vehicle, each team aspires to sell their vehicle design to a make-believe corporation. The competitors in this event will be judged on their ability to create and deliver a business case that convinces the judges that the team’s design best meets the demands of the amateur, weekend competition market, and that it can be profitably manufactured and marketed.
The vehicle will be placed on the table with the tallest driver aboard fully suited, helmet buckled, gloves and all safety restraints secured. The vehicle should be oriented on the tilt table where the fuel fill side is placed against the guard of the tilt table and is most likely to create spillage. The table will then be titled to an angle of 45 degrees. There must be no fuel (or any fluid) leakage at this angle. If the vehicle passes this test, the angle is increased to 60 degrees. This angle represents a cornering force of 1.5 G’s. If the upper wheels remain on the table, the vehicle passes.
Left: Spencer Bostock taking on the tilt table Right: The team passing tech inspection
Next steps for the team are to pass the Noise and Braking tests. Once completed, the OG17 can finally start competing in the dynamic events which include acceleration, autocross, skid pad, and endurance.
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