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FSG 2015: Day 2

This morning dawned cold and cloudy – our patience and endurance to cold weather is being tested: 8 C at 7 am, and we had to wait until 2 pm or so to go in pre-tech inspection: checking driver gear and fire extinguishers. We spent most of the day chatting with other teams trying to get an idea of what the judges were specifically looking for at tech. This lead to a few minor adjustments and more or less a day of anticipation and waiting.

The sun started to shine around 3:30 pm and it was a sign – we finally got into pre-tech at around 4 pm, had a small issue with a fire extinguisher and then continued to wait. At 6:30 pm we made it to actual tech and stayed until 8-8:30 at which point we had to go back the pits, tech was only supposed to be until 7…

We have a couple issues to fix, nothing too major, should all be accomplished tonight and ready for the morning. We were on the line for some trickier stuff such as the front bulkhead laminate equivalency, but Andy handled it like a champ.
The whole team worked well into the night, checking off items at a good pace. We got most of it done and plan to head to tech tomorrow morning at 8:20.
I was confused in the last post, the times I gave were correct for the static events, but they are tomorrow, today was for the electric teams. Which means tomorrow will be a busy day; tech in the morning with tilt, noise and brake, all three statics and then the famous wet skid-pad.
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FSG 2015: Day 1

Formula Student Germany 2015 has officially begun! Most of the team arrived yesterday and we were able to set up camp and get the car settled into our pit. Today started off cold with some drizzle. Not the best way to kick off the competition but after a coffee or two spirits are high.

We are 120th or something for technical inspection, as we missed the quiz that determined the order. We spent the day inspecting the car, safety wiring, and processing test track data. Later in the day we posed for the group picture, and as you might be able to see there is now something like 60-70% wing cars out of the pack.

Unfortunately the whole day went by and we haven’t even been through pre tech yet, which our old friend Richard Raapke from Aachen is responsible for. On the bright side, the sun started to shine around 4 and the forecast for the rest of the week is looking up. The sponsor presence here is astounding – there are a multitude of booths full of industry representatives, snacks, and cool swag :)

Tomorrow is another full day of scrutineering; Friday we have the static events, starting with design at 10:50-11:45, cost at 11:55- 12:50, and marketing at 14:45-15:30. We really pushed to get some solid testing done during this last month and if we make sure we use the collected data to show our validation, we should perform well in design.

Friday is also the wet skidpad day, Saturday is accel and autocross, and Sunday is the all mighty endurance race.

We hope to do tech tomorrow morning, but as we’ve been instructed to calmly wait to be called for tech before you head over, we can only prepare ourselves and wait.

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FSG 2015: Germany Pre-Testing Week

Formula Student Germany is upon us! With the competition officially starting July 28th, the car was shipped early Wednesday July 15th in order to arrive on Monday July 20th, giving us a good week of testing. Here is a run down of how the week went.

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The crate arrived on Monday and was unpacked that day. On Tuesday, we took the car onto track to do some testing with our newest driver, Felix, driving, but we stopped early because a semi large pebble rock got stuck between the chassis and the road. It did some damage to the chassis, although not structurally concerning. We also packed the cube van for the next day, with the plan to go to a test track 2 hours out of Karlsruhe.

On Wednesday morning, we woke up at 4:30 am, were on the road at 5:30 am. We got to the test track, where a total of 5 cars, including us, were testing: Karlsruhe electric & combustion and Munich electric & combustion. We did 25 km of autocross testing until more or less 4 pm, when we saw that the differential was cocked slightly sideways, damaging the RH flange. The rest seemed alright. We inspected the rest of the car and began the hunt to find a shop to machine a new flange.
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Thursday was a dedicated work day. We dedicated our efforts to repairing the chassis and the right diff flange, in addition to addressing some other small maintenance items. The day ended with a full technical inspection of all systems on the car.
Friday morning was spent working in KIT’s shop. In the early afternoon, we had almost finished repairing the damaged diff flange when we received the newly machined diff flange. So we installed the new one and re-assembled the rest of the car. Quick set-up and then we packed up to go testing at the only available track: a long straight line. Felix hopped in and tested the auto up-shift, which works well. We only had 20 minutes before we got kicked out. We also did some 60 and 70 kph constant runs for aero testing. All the drivetrain held up, so the car is in good shape. Hit 106 kph! So now when people ask what speed we reach we can still say over 100 kph.
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On the Saturday, we went to go test MRT16 at KIT’s north campus. We got there at around 8-9 am, unpacked and got Felix in the car. We did some acceleration testing, tweaking the rev limiter off the line, the auto up-shift and the tire pressure. We got down to consistent 4.0′s. (!) Our best run was a 3.96 s. Towards the end of the day, we did some aero testing with some straight line testing & coasting with the low drag setting, normal setting and wings off.
Sunday was spent in Saarbucken; we arrived at around 2 pm, tested until 4 when we discovered a minor mechanical failure. Fortunately the failure didn’t impact other aspects of the car, and so we returned to the shop with an easy fix in mind.
On Monday, other team members began arriving at around noon. The car continued to receive attention throughout the day while we packed our belongings and prepared for the vehicle’s journey to Hockenheim. A few members went to the site early to set up camp, where they spent the night.
Tuesday morning was spent much like the day before. Eventually, all members journeyed to the Hockenheimring, and the car made it to its paddock with a little help from our old friends from RWTH Aachen. The competition kicked off that evening, and so began FSG in full force!
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More Updates to come online, on Facebook, and on Twitter!

Thanks Click Bond for hooking us up!

MRT would like to thank Click Bond for providing us with some amazing nut plates and threaded bushings. Through thick and thin, these fasteners have held up like no other. They have been a great addition to our manufacturing process and we look forward to using Click Bond products on our cars in the future!

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MRT thanks Tuboquip

Many thanks to Tuboquip for providing us with all the hose and fittings for our mad flow. They keep everything flowing so we can keep going!TUBOQUIP

Thank You Alpine Graphics!

Thanks to Alpine Graphics for doing the wrap for the MRT 16! The car looks great even when it’s tilted at 30°. Head over to Alpine Graphics for all your vehicle wrap needs - Your Image. Your Vision. Our Expertise.

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Proxxon is cutting edge!

Big thank you to Proxxon for giving us the best handheld rotary tool on the market. We have used this extensively and it still cuts carbon fiber like no other! Many thanks to Proxxon – The fine tool company.

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Thanks to Traffic Safety Store!

The McGill Racing Team would like to thank Traffic Safety Store for providing us with an awesome package of cones for all of our testing needs. The car is looking sharp while rounding corners – outlined with some shiny new cones! Thanks again to Traffic Safety Store: America’s fastest solution for traffic safety supplies!

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Formula North: Day 4

After putting back the car together this morning, we got to the practice area, everything seemed to be working fine, but the engine was still running hot.

We got to the dynamic area, Pat hopped in, warmed the car up and then went on track. The car was running well, putting a 54.5 or so at his fastest lap. After four or five laps, the engine coolant temperature got 10-15 degrees higher than the steady temperature we saw in autocross, so Pat kept it in fourth gear (yes, it was a fast track) in order to minimize the heat generation. A lap or so after, the temperature started rising very quickly; a couple seconds after, it got up to 190 degrees, at which point Pat stopped on the side of the track and killed the engine. He saw a little bit of smoke coming over his shoulder so he hopped out. No fire, just pulled the car out and that was it. After the whole race, the engine still turned on, but upon draining the water to minimize corrosion in the system, there was barely any left. We’ll inspect thoroughly once back in the shop.
We then packed up the trailer, attended the awards ceremony and headed back home. Formula North 2015 was a great time and we look forward to returning next year!
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Formula North: Day 3

Today was an intense and pretty successful day, all things considered. The cooling leak was fixed this morning, we changed the seals and put the cover back on the engine, filled coolant & oil and headed to the skid-pad. Dan did his two runs with his best time being 5.950s. Then we ran to accel – where the shifting only worked from 2nd to 3rd – we got a 5.130s (12th overall). Then Felix suited up with one minute left for skid-pad and he managed to get a 5.723s! (7th overall).

We then headed back to the paddock and inspected the car, then headed to the practice area to test shifting. After two tests we got it working well. The autocross track was a fast one, lots of high speed turns, straights and one slalom. We went to autocross at around 2:30 pm, with Pat in the car. He did a 56.091s on his first lap and a 60.354s on his second. The engine was running hot so we let it sit for a bit. Lewis suited up and went on track at 4:30, he did a 55.539s on his first lap and a 61.388s on his second lap. That placed us 6th overall. We found out later that the engine was limiting power since we were running hot, which affected both second runs, when the engine was getting a bit too hot.
The car was then brought back to the paddocks and inspected – everything seems to be holding on fine. We will have a couple of things to assemble back on the car tomorrow morning, but nothing to worry about.
As y’all know, tomorrow is the big race, stay tuned!
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