2016 Energy Invitational

2016 UCI Energy Invitational

2016 Energy Invitational

2016 Energy Invitational

Here at UCI we are hard at work on three different race cars for 2017 competitions. It is a tough time, as it seems things move too slowly. I offer this video of highlights from the May 21, 2016 UCI Energy Invitational on UCI’s campus to inspire all of our race teams as they work to prepare their cars for the 2017 Energy Invitational. Many thanks to Vital Link and UCI Anteater Racing for their support of a terrific event.

For our colleagues in China, here is a youku.com version: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTg0MzI5ODY3Mg==.html

2016 UCI Energy Invitational

2016 UCI Energy Invitational

UCI’s 2016 Mini-Baja Vehicle


This video shows the initial testing of UCI’s entry for the 2016 SAE Mini-Baja competition.

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2016 UCI Energy Invitational

2016 Energy Invitational

2016 Energy Invitational

The 2016 UCI Energy Invitational will be May 21, 2016 on UCI’s Campus. The course will be along East Peltason Drive between Los Trancos and Bison.

The video below shows the 2015 Energy Invitational on UCI’s Campus:

Epsilon is ready

Epsilon is ready for the LA Auto Show

Epsilon is ready

Epsilon is ready

See Epsilon at the 2015 LA Auto Show. This former FSAE racecar is now UCI’s research vehicle for an innovative torque-vectoring electric drive system. The body is by a team at the Art Institute of Orange County.

MechGen Suspension

MechGen SP

MechGen SP

MechGen Suspension is an iPad application that calculates the upper control arm of an independent suspension to provide a desired set of camber angles and wheel travel values for a specified lower control arm. The algorithm is an application of five-position synthesis of a four-bar linkage.

Please see the video below to see how MechGen SP is used to design a suspension.

RaceLab.tv wants to follow FSAE Teams

RaceLabTV

RaceLabTV

Ian Campbell and Jerry Magana are a director/producer team from the Los Angeles area (also see Media1044.com), who are hoping to highlight the collegiate engineering design challenges involved in Racecar Engineering, specifically the Collegiate Formula SAE events. This project is called RaceLab.tv.

Having worked with student race teams for almost 15 years, I know there is drama, thrills, disappointment, and amazing engineering team effort under high pressure, but I have no idea how this might translate to a video series.

MIT has regularly generated videos following various teams in the 2.007 design course. There are similar videos for the CalTech ME72 design competition. However, in both cases there is much less on the line.

FSAE race teams can involve large numbers of young engineering students committed to several years of effort. It deserves better exposure, but seems a difficult subject.

The Race Teams at the 2015 Energy Invitational

2015 EIVI Race Teams

2015 EIVI Race Teams


2015 EIVI Race Cars

2015 EIVI Race Cars


The Race Teams at the 2015 Energy Invitational, May 24, 2015 on UCI’s Campus.

2015 Energy Invitational Layouts

Here are the organization layouts for the 2015 Energy Invitational.

  • Layout 1 shows how to access the spectator area,
  • Layout 2 shows the pit assignments,
  • Layout 3 shows the organization of the pit area,
  • Layout 4 shows the course.

2015 Energy Invitational: Heat Schedule

2015  EIVI Heat Schedule

2015 EIVI Heat Schedule

This is the list of participants and the heat schedule for our 2015 Energy Invitational on UCI’s Campus. Please come by and see what these student race teams can do.

Wheelchair Seating and Racecar Engineering

Truman Studio

Truman Studio

Truman Pollard’s wheelchair seat design which repurposes race car seating is an inspiration. The engineering effort needed for our racecar project spans so many different activities any one of which can be the foundation for a business. Find more information at the link Truman Studio