Detailing World  

Go Back   Detailing World > General Off Topic > Off Topic Chat
DW Home Forum Home Merchandise Store Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-05-2017, 04:57 PM   #1
Dave KG
Distinguished Detailer
Dave KG's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Highland Perthshire
Posts: 28,445
Thanks: 235
Thanked 9,831 Times in 3,179 Posts
Talking More Silverware for School Race Car Project!

Some may remember I posted a while ago about a school racing project I am running in my school where pupils build an electric car and compete against other teams from all over the country and beyond - Greenpower Formula 24. Last season the car was built and won the Spirit of Greenpower award on its first outing at our local heat in East Fortune...

Over the winter, a new team of pupils for the 2017 season worked on the car, addressing some issues with tracking that were evident and have done some performance analysis of motor gearing vs. battery draw to optimise the car's performance a little. The work so far has paid off:

At the East Fortune 2017 heat, the team won three trophies! One for Best Presented Team, one for a podium finish (3rd) in the second heat, and one for the Kit Car Winner, the best performing kit chassis on the day! Pretty pleased with that! But the best bit for the team is that they came third overall in the qualifier and have earned themselves a place on the 75-car grid at the season final at Rockingham in October! This is an international final for teams from all over the UK and beyond, so we're pretty physched!

Still have work to do on the car - buying new motor gears for adjusting gearing. Performance tests by the kids have revealed they want to gear the motor up and step the wheel size down from 20" to 16" to save weight, the 3mm ply panelling will be replaced with 1.5mm alu with select panels being carbon fibre, and we have a nacca duct for the under-tray to get some air up to cool the motor. We'll next be racing at Alford in June in another qualifying heat to trial some of the car changes and get ready for the big weekend at Rockingham!

Video about last year's final:
Dave KG is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Dave KG For This Useful Post:
Bigpikle (16-05-2017), Malakkastraat (12-05-2017), Maxtor (12-05-2017), RobTex (14-05-2017)
Old 12-05-2017, 05:18 PM   #2
OCD Sufferer (Obsessive Car Detailer)
streaky's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 2,045
Thanks: 1,383
Thanked 520 Times in 476 Posts
Training up some proper little boffins there Dave! Keep up the good work
streaky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2017, 10:16 PM   #3
Distinguished Detailer
Maxtor's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 5,458
Thanks: 2,686
Thanked 2,868 Times in 1,663 Posts

Well done guys!
Maxtor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-05-2017, 01:12 PM   #4
OCD Sufferer (Obsessive Car Detailer)
Barchettaman's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Posts: 823
Thanks: 145
Thanked 365 Times in 282 Posts
Dave, have you or the kids looked into higher-performance wheels and tyres from recumbent bikes? I reckon there are aero and rolling resistance gains to be had there, compared to what seems to be on it at the moment.

Well done all round, by the way!
Barchettaman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-05-2017, 01:40 PM   #5
T-Cut King (admin)
WHIZZER's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: On DW
Posts: 29,830
Thanks: 12,986
Thanked 19,681 Times in 7,164 Posts
well done to all
WHIZZER is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 06:11 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
DTO Garage vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
DTO Garage vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.