Mark Plecnik has applied his research on the design of six-bar linkage function generators to the challenge of a long travel independent suspension for an off-road vehicle. UCI race car engineering students built a 1/5 scale model of his latest design and compared its performance to his calculated design. For more detail see his video:
The aluminum body developed at Art Institute for our monocoque racecar Phantom on display in the Engineering Gateway building at UCI.
Here is another look.
This video is a news report on the UCI California Challenge: KOCE video.
Some of the cars being prepared for the California Challenge on Saturday, October 5 at the Orange County Great Park.
The UCI summer program Introduction to Racecar Engineering concluded with a track day on Saturday, August 3. Select this link to see slideshows of the activities.
The California Challenge joins three energy efficient racing events
The format of the California Challenge provides a same track same day comparison of the energy performance of a different types of energy efficient racers.
The California Challenge is an energy efficiency time trial. The goal is to achieve the maximum average speed using $1 of energy. The course includes a high speed section, an auto-cross section, and a staged idle section. Maximum distance in one-hour wins using $1 of any combination of energy sources wins. This event is presented as part of the Department of Energy Solar Decathlon in association with the Energy Expo.
Race teams from 20 high schools and colleges competed in energy time trials at Adams Motorsports Park on May 11, 2013 at the fourth UCI Energy Invitational. This video captures the spirit of the event.
This gallery includes over 100 photos from the 2013 Energy Invitational held at Adams Motorsports Park on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
Photographs from the Energy Invitational 2013 can be seen at the Professor’s facebook page.
The Race Day Schedule for the Energy Invitational and the Pit Assignments at Adams Motorsports Park are now available. Select the link 2013 Energy Invitational.