Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ready for the Spring Semester!

The Hot Wheelz team is back to work as the new semester kicks off this week. Over the winter break we reorganized our team room and rearranged it for a more collaborative work environment. Check it out!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Hot Wheelz Electric Vehicle Team is excited to announce we will be spending the next 2 years developing a Formula Electric Vehicle to compete at the Formula Hybrid Competition ( in April 2016! 

If you are an RIT Female student interested in joining the team be sure to check us out by attending a team meeting, all majors desired! See details below:

Friday, April 18, 2014

Put some back into it

After a long meeting of constructing the car, it is really coming together quite nicely.

Monday, April 14, 2014

New tie rods!? Yes please!

Our new chassis definitely needed some TLC.  Caroline,  Maura and Kristin have been working hard to change the tie rods to improve our steering.  Got to take those curves as close as possible! 

Bright Future for the New Hot Wheelz Car

The team has been very busy these past few days. We thought we'd take advantage of the weather and get outside and paint! We've given the old bumpers a face-lift and updated them in true Hot Wheelz's style.  Inside, we've also been busy getting together our power system.   

Shannon and Sydney painting the bumpers
Emily, Missy, Kelly, Cassandra, Caitlin Sarah and Kendra  working to place wiring and other parts of the electrical on the chassis.

Safety First!

To comply with the competition rules and insure our driver's safety, we've been in search of the perfect emergency switch/knob/button/thing-a-ma-jig. After searching the internet and being fruitless in our search, we've decided to make our own. Our disconnect will consist of  two wires connected by using two steel lugs. These lugs are then connect a  detach the electrically neutral gloves taped to the back of her seat and quickly remove the bolt and nut to allow for an open circuit created by disconnecting the two wires. 
NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!!!!  The Hot Wheelz team takes safety very seriously, although, as you can tell from our description of our emergency disconnect, we like to have a good laugh once in a while. We were able to find our actual emergency push button that will allow our driver to quickly and safely disconnect the batteries from the rest of the system if in a time of need. Below is the emergency disconnect we will actually be using! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Every year,  we attempt to up the anti  and challenge ourselves and our car design.  The chassis group has been very busy converting the old gas go-kart chassis into an electric kart that can accommodate an electric motor and the batteries needed for it .  There's talk of a new motor mount as well.  Apparently the old motor mount can't handle the power...  The electrical group has also been extremely busy up grading our power system. This year's vehicle consists of a system much more complex than anything we've ever worked with.  We will be working with ten 12v batteries connected to several boost converters  to power our 250 volt, 75 HP DC motor, a 3000 amp motor controller, and a... REALLY?!  Did you seriously believe any of that?!  Of course we're not going to expose the specs of our system.  Well, not quite yet....  Sorry! More updates to come!

Where has the time gone!

There are only 4 weeks left until Imagine RIT!  The girls have been extremely busy the last few weeks making sure all their nuts and bolts are in order.  Parts have been ordered,  modifications have been made, and every one is anxiously awaiting the electrifying race!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Look at Our New Ride!

After searching far and wide for something suitable and worthy of our attention, we found a new cart! This year we will be using a Mike Wilson adult go-kart chassis! Although its just a rolling chassis, we have big plans for this kart! We had quite the challenge getting it back to campus as well!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Let's get rollin'!

The Hot Wheelz girls are at it again! Tonight was the first meeting of the Spring semester where discussions and decisions were made for this year's Imagine RIT's Campus Challenge:  Dr. Destler’s E-Vehicle Autocross. The New rules and class descriptions can be found HERE