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Month: March, 2011

UCI Seniors prepare Delta for the Energy Invitational

29 March, 2011 (22:48) | Automotive Information | By: Prof. McCarthy

UCI Delta CNG-Electric Racecar

UCI Delta CNG Racecar

The UCI Delta racecar has a CNG 450cc engine combined with a short-distance electric drive.

Another view of UCI's Delta CNG-Electric racecar

Another view of UCI's Delta CNG-Electric racecar

3rd Year MEs and 4th Year EEs team up to run at EI2

29 March, 2011 (22:33) | Automotive Information | By: Prof. McCarthy

Third year Mechanical Engineering majors joined a team of Electrical Engineering majors from UCI to prepare an all electric vectored drive system for the UCI Energy Invitational. The drive systems for Gamma is shown here.

Vectored electric drive

Vectored electric drive


The vectored drive system consists of 15hp DC motors connected one to each of the rear drive wheels and controlled though a specially designed set of motor controllers.

1st and 2nd Year UCI Students to run in EI2

29 March, 2011 (22:25) | Automotive Information | By: Prof. McCarthy

First and second year Engineering students at UCI have prepared a car for entry in the 2011 Energy Invitational. Here is a photo of their car.

UCIs Beta Car

UCIs Beta Car

It is powered by a 12hp Briggs and Stratton engine through a CVT and chain drive.

Saddleback College joins 2011 Energy Invitational

29 March, 2011 (04:29) | Automotive Information | By: Prof. McCarthy

Saddleback College Formula V

Saddleback College Formula V

Saddleback College will run their Formula V at the 2011 UCI Energy Invitational. Here is photo of the chassis and suspension without the body.

Formula V chassis

Formula V chassis

MillenWorks to show LUV at 2011 Energy Invitational

27 March, 2011 (21:29) | Automotive Information | By: Prof. McCarthy

MillenWorks Light Utility Vehicle

MillenWorks Light Utility Vehicle

MillenWorks will show their LUV (Light Utility Vehicle) at the the 2011 Energy Invitational at Willow Springs Motorsports Park on March 30, 2011. It has a unique all wheel drive parallel hybrid powertrain for reduced fuel consumption and silent watch capability with extensive on-board power.

Toyota to show two vehicles at 2011 Energy Invitational

27 March, 2011 (21:22) | Automotive Information | By: Prof. McCarthy

Toyota 2010 Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle

Toyota 2010 Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle

Toyota will demonstrate their Advanced Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle at the Energy Invitational at Willow Springs on March 30, 2011.

They will also demonstrate their Prius Plug-in Hybrid.

Prius Plug-in Hybrid

Prius Plug-in Hybrid

Smitty’s Engineering Training Videos

8 March, 2011 (21:46) | Lecture Notes, Student Projects | By: Prof. McCarthy

The training videos that Smitty developed for our design classes at UCI can be access at the YouTube site: Engineering Training Site.

The videos include basic welding 1 and 2, hand tools, soldering, metal forming 1 and 2, cutting, filing grinding and fitting metal for welding, measurements and layouts, and fasteners.