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

SPOILER ALERT: MAKE-UP OF THIS YEAR'S CAR

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

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Hot Wheelz Takes 3rd Place and Wins The Innovation Award at Imagine RIT Festival!


 The Hot Wheelz team competed in a 60 minute electric endurance race on May 4th as part of the 2013 Imagine RIT Festival! After completing a total of 52 laps (10.4 miles) the team took 3rd place overall and won this years Innovation Award! The challenge not only consisted of taking a power wheels vehicle and transforming it into an electric endurance vehicle but also to win over the audiences attention by creating a themed vehicle. The team incorporated the Magic School Bus theme, dressed as nerds, and created an interactive sponsor banner. The audience loved it on race day! Major kudos to our hard working student team who contributed over 750 volunteer hours. Check out the slideshow below that features pictures from our build and race day!

Thank you to our sponsors ( see sponsors link) for providing funding and product to make the vehicle possible. Many thanks to Ken Snyder for electrical advice, to Rob Kraynik and Jan Maneti for help in the machine shop and to Dean Harvey Palmer for providing our permanent team/build space. Last but not least this project could not have been completed without our awesome advisors Jodi Carville and Marty Schooping. 

 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Less Than 36 HOURS Until Race Day!!!

We can't believe that race day is approaching so quickly. The team is working hard to make the car the best it can be!

Meet the Team!








Monday, April 29, 2013

Just a Few Days Left...

Our team made a lot of progress last week; we learned a lot about machining techniques, electrical systems and how to fabricate this vehicle.  This project has been a great learning experience for every member of our team.





With only a few days left we need to finish some last minute modifications to make our car race-day ready, but the entire team is exited for Saturday!