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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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Formula North: Day 2

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

We then headed back to pass the sound test. We tried a couple times, slowly going down to 102 dbc. We fiddled some more with some parameters, got the idle down to 1600 rpm, re-packed the muffler, turned the car around to have the wind in our back (that’s the real trick) and passed idle at 99 dbc. Having passed noise we were done with tech!
We then rolled back to the pits, cleaned the car up and headed to design. It went pretty well, overall the judges seemed satisfied with our answers and impressed with the finish of the car. After doing a design debrief, we rolled to the testing area and got Dan in the car for a bit of seat time. Earlier in the day we found that the water pump shaft seal was leaking, since it corrodes easily with water. We are now preparing to change it, the part is coming from Montreal tonight.
The plan tomorrow is to fix the water leak problem first thing tomorrow morning with the new part, head to the testing area to make sure the shifting works properly and then go on with the dynamic events!
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Formula North: Day 1

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Today marked the beginning of our second competition of the season, Formula North. Last night, we got to Barrie, Ontario after showing the car to a couple of the folks down at Multimatic, one of our sponsors. They were pretty excited to see the final product that they had seen get created in late January.
This morning we registered, prepped for tech, and waited for our number to be called (we got number 9). We got in the tech booth at around 1:30-1:45 pm, went smoothly but it was a bit long, we got out at around 3:30-4 pm. We then did some final checks and headed for tilt. The check valve on the fuel tank cap leaked a little bit so we began trying a few fixes. Unfortunately, the event closed before we had a chance to fix it for good. However, we are sure that we are ready for tilt first thing tomorrow.
We then attended the opening ceremony and did a suspension set-up in preperation for tomorrow.
The plan will be to do tilt, noise and brakes tomorrow morning before cost at 11:00. Marketing is at 11:30 and then design at 3:15. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to go in the testing area to make sure everything is going smoothly. We are getting reinforcements tonight and are looking forward to pushing hard for the rest of competition together.
Stay tuned!

Relive the Multimatic Chassis Layup with the McGill Racing Team!

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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.

FSAE East Competition Recap

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Looking forward:

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!

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McGill Racing Team Unveils MRT16

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!

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MRT thanks Perma-Grit!

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!

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Wesco Aircraft; a quality connection!

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.

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