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This year the event focused on vehicle testing and electric vehicle workshops. Each day was very intense for the students (especially Friday where workshops were from 8 am to 8 pm). Overall the rally was most successful due to the high levels of motivation and interest of the students. I have attached the schedule of events in case you were curious.
The workshops covered a wide range of topics from safety to understanding all the components of an electric vehicle. Most notable by our students demonstrated calculus (and the need to study calculus) to formulate drag coefficients of vehicles and how to design and fabricate electric vehicle controllers. In addition students were exposed to electric vehicle technology lectures given by NC State and Appalachian State professors.
If you could use any of this experience in your classroom please let me know.
Results of our vehicle testing on the track.
1) Skid Pad Testing (sway bar adjustments)
We improved lateral G force from .9 g to 1.1 g and made the vehicle more driver friendly in extreme turning situations that would be seen on all autocross tracks. Tire wear was minimal across the tread under extreme conditions.
Tire Temperature was even across tread of rear tires. Hotter on outside of front tires (which indicates a need for camber adjustments)
2) Recorded 0-60 times of 8 seconds
3) Top speed (restricted by top gear ratio) 82 mph
4) Body roll improvement calculations will be conducted this week using data taken by high definition video.
5) Coefficient of Drag will be calculated on both our vehicles based upon workshop information this week.
6) Miata received quickest autocross time on the track during the event.