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!
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.
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).
Day two of Formula North 2015 has come to an end. The issue with the check valve was fixed yesterday before leaving the site. Therefore, this morning we went straight to the tilt table, checked that off the list and moved on to noise. We passed idle at 98 dbc, stopped for 5 minutes to check some other systems, and then asked to do the high speed test. Unfortunately they wanted us to do the idle again, which was somehow now at 104 dbc (idle has to be at 100 dbc), but we passed the high speed easily at 108 dbc (has to be less than 110 dbc) . The engine is a lot quieter than previous seasons. Since we had to go to cost with the car, we asked to do the brake test then and to come back to pass idle later. We got the brake test first shot. We then brought the car back for cost, which went pretty well. Marketing was at 11:30, Matt Lebeau and Anna Gardiner were up and it went well
Back in January 2015, the McGill Racing Team ventured to Multimatic, an Automotive OEM company in Markham, Ontario to execute the layup of our first ever Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) Monocoque chassis. Through their generosity, offering us a work space, special resources, and employee time, we were able to construct a truly stunning chassis. The members that travelled to Markham during those three weeks were able to experience a truly eye-opening process, and learn from high knowledgeable, industry-leading professionals. We cannot thank them enough for their help throughout the process, and we look forward to working with them in the future. As a way to document our journey and share it with the world, we have uploaded a timelapse video on our youtube channel; you can check it out here.
The McGill Racing Team recently travelled to Brooklyn, Michigan to participate in the prestigious FSAE East. Although the week had ups and downs, the experience was well worth it. Below is a recap of the week.
Tuesday May 12th:
On the day before competition began, we were lucky enough to meet up with our industry advisor from Ford Performance, who had a day of visits planned out for us. We were able to get detailed tours of the facilities and some tests tracks, among other things. We thoroughly thank Ford Performance for the effort they put in to enhance our learning experience. That afternoon, we continued our tour at Watson Racing, a Ford OEM supplier. They were very kind and provided us with a spot in their garage to work on our car. They were very generous in offering us some machine tools and some machining services on extra parts that we needed that night. Employees from Ford Performance (formerly Ford SVT) came by to chat with us and check the car out. We also had a visit from Henry Ford III, who was thoroughly impressed by the look of the car. We worked until around midnight and they took off to go to the Juniper Camp ground, next to Michigan International Speedway.
Day 1 of Competition:
In the morning, we got on site, registered, and continued working on the car. To summarize, the chassis, suspension, brakes and steering were 99% finalized. The front wing and rear wing were done, a little bit of work remained to be done on the mid-region. The powertrain and electronics made a lot of progress and were very close to the point where we could start the engine. We brought the trailer back to the camp ground to work on it through the night.
Day 2 of comp:
A good, long day, but also a bit insane. We arrived early to continue working on the car. Got in at cost at 9:30, Johnny Boy & Dan smashed it, Anna and Matt went to marketing, also went well. Kept working on the car like crazy, rolled to tech at around 12:30, passed without any major problems, and weighted the car, 352 lbs dry. Got out of tech at around 3:50, prepped for design at 4:30, also went well, we definitely felt like on the cusp of finals. No tilt, noise, or brakes. We took the car back off site, knowing we would have to re-tech, and worked at ETS’s rented house garage until 3am to finish some powertrain stuff and hopefully get the engine running. Shoutout to ETS for offering us a workspace in our time of need.
Day 3 of comp:
After working on the car until the late hours in the morning, we met in the morning before taking off to MIS. Considering the unfinished parts of the car, we took the decision to keep working on finishing those parts today and tomorrow but not performing in the dynamic events. It was a harsh decision, but the car was simply too far from running without risking destroying many things.
The design judges came back to give us some feedback: we had it all, apart from testing & validation. The judges were impressed by our design and integration, but just like with MRT15, we were lacking testing time, which is pretty much the only reason why we didn’t make it to design finals.
Day 4 of comp:
We spent the morning split between a few jobs on the car and watching endurance. The afternoon we packed the trailer and watched endurance as a full team. Although we were dissappointed about our dynamic performance, we used the opportunity to be together and learn for the future. We attended the design review, business presentations, and final ceremony as a team, where we won 1st in Technical Drawings! Shoutout to Paul for the good work once again! We had a relaxing night at the campground before packing up to head back the next morning.
It is clear that we did not achieve our goal; the car was not able to compete in all of the events. That being said, we know we have an excellent car on our ends, and all we need is a little more time. We have set a plan for the next two weeks before Formula North, and we hope to come charging out of the tracks for that. More news to come in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!
On Friday, May 1st, we unveiled our newest prototype, MRT16! We would like to thank our sponsors, supporters, friends, and family for their encouragement in our journey thus far. The night was a great success, and we look forward now to our first competition of the summer, Formula SAE Michigan, starting May 13th. See you there!
With our increased use of carbon fibre in this year’s design, we are constantly finding new ways to make our process more efficient. We would like to thank Perma-Grit for providing our team with a quality set of tungsten carbide abrasives to help us sand, trim, and refine our manufactured carbon parts. This has helped us shave off time in addition to unnecessary material!
The McGill Racing Team thanks Wesco Aircraft, a local distributor offering a wide range of products and services. They have provided us with critical fasteners and electronics components and tooling. Wesco has a lot to offer, and we look forward to working with them in the future. Wesco Aircraft: Simplified Sourcing and Lean Logistics.