Smitty describes the set-up of the front wheels and its importance to the driver’s control.
Smitty explains steering design.
Smitty explains the choice of springs for a suspension.
Smitty describes more about suspension design.
Smitty describes the importance of shock absorbers in suspension design.
Smitty describes the principles of suspension design.
Smitty describes the design principles for the chassis of a race car.
Smitty shows how the geometry and material work together to provide strength and stiffness.
In this video, Smitty presents the basic techniques for determining the center of gravity of a racecar. The location of a vehicle’s center of gravity relative to the contact patches of its tires defines the limits of its performance.
This is the first of a series of videos prepared by Robert “Smitty” Smith and Prof. McCarthy on Racecar Engineering. They were recovered recently and I hope to get them all on-line in the coming weeks.
This first video is an overview of all the topics that will be covered and provides a good introduction of the “down to earth” approach of the series, complete with a few seconds of out-of-sync voice over toward the end. I hope you recognize the importance and intelligence of what seem to be simple ideas.
You can follow the UCI race team at the web links:
- webpage: http://sites.uci.edu/uciracing/
- instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uciracing/
- facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uciracing/
- linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7467197
This video shows the initial testing of UCI’s entry for the 2016 SAE Mini-Baja competition.
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.
UCI’s 2015 race team at the Winter Design Review. On the left is Zeta an all-electric Formula SAE racecar that will compete at the UCI Energy Invitational, and on the right is Savage which is a combustion engine driven FSAE racecar that will compete at FSAE Lincoln in Nebraska
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.
Introduction to Racecar Engineering
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.
Instructional videos on Racecar Engineering
Smitty and I have prepared a series of instructional videos as an introduction to Racecar Engineering.
1. Introduction to the video series:
2. An overview of race car engineering:
3. Principles of suspension design:
4. Discussion of shock absorbers:
5. More on suspension design: