Huge shoutout to Wesco Aircraft for providing us with various NAS nuts and bolts! They really keep the car together!
Thanks Airtech for your generous donation of consumables and vacuum hardware! Check out one of our infusion tests using Airtech gummy tape, bad, and vacuum supplies!
Thank you to Superior Alloy Technology for their continued sponsorship of the team! From lasercut to waterjet they can cut anything you need!
Huge thank you once again to Bombardier for providing the stock materials for all custom machined parts on MRT18!
The McGill Racing Team has launched our first-ever crowd funding campaign with McGill Seeds of Change!
Formula Student Germany is one of the top student racing competitions in the world. Help the McGill Racing Team build a fantastic car and get to Germany so we can represent McGill on a global scale! Check out the link below and help support our team!
Monday: The first official day of early testing! We are spending the week at KIT prepping for FSG2016. The truck was picked up while a couple members ensured the car was ready for testing. We also went shopping for food and fluids and chargers and what not, and it was overall a successful outing. The car needed a full shake down and we were out by 17h30 or so, and one of our contacts at Daimler came to visit us while we were in the same country! We were doing basic autoX runs, checking that the setup seemed good (we had new front aero) and checking temps and such. we tested until it got too hot, we stopped, packed up the shop, got some more groceries for dinner, and went home to cook. The Daimler guy came with us which was nice, and we had a great time eating and chatting.
Tuesday: Early start as the track we are using is only open 9-19h. We had to get CO2, which is remarkably hard to get in Germany, and eventually went to KIT campus nord to the firestation where the fire dude filled them up nice. Two more members met up with us and them we went back out on track. We did a few autoX stints with Felix before the drivetrain broke (tripod failure and stubshaft had a crack). After make a trip back to KIT to pickup the drivetrain box, we were still missing a few things necessary, so we decided to head back for the evening to repair. We bled the brakes, as they were giving us some trouble, and there were also some electronics issues. After a night in the shop, we went home, with some electronics investigation to occur at home overnight.
Wednesday: Another early start that began with more investigation into electronics issues. Sensors were not functioning properly, and there was a potential short somewhere. When it was sufficiently deemed safe, we went out on track and had a wonderful test day. Starting with Felix, we got great hot laps and good data. We made setup changes which worked, and we were able to run all day. Luci took a hop in so Felix could take a look from the outside and make more setup changes. We continued to make changes until Luci was exhausted and went back home to prep the car and pack the car for an early night. We went to the biergarten for dinner, and went home.
Thursday: We went straight to track for an official practice endurance, as the truck was already packed. However, 1/3 into 1st driver, we ran into brakes issues that had been bothering us all week. We had thought it was just kinks in the lines, but it seemed to frequent and repeating to make sense. We decided to swap brake pads and discs, but it started raining and the day was coming to an end so we went back to KIT. Quite a bit of water was on the ground, so we setup for skidpad. We got some good runs in, made some setup changes and dropped into the 5.3-5.4s range on a few runs! Lookin good!
Friday: We were still having brakes issues and decided that the best course of action would be to replace the master cylinder. Unfortunately the closest place that sells AP Racing parts was a 3 hour drive away. While a couple members when to go buy one (and fresh driver shoes!) the rest of the team got the car ready and did a couple light autocross runs. After the cylinder switch it seems like our issues were fixed and we were able to get some good track time in!
Saturday: Unfortunately our go to testing area was closed for the weekend so we spend the day testing at KIT. We did some more practice endurances while being extremely stringent about cone hits and off-courses. This lead to our drivers pulling some hella clean laps with great times! That evening KAraceing returned from FS Austria and we were able to chat and hangout a bit while they unloaded their stuff!
Sunday: This day was dedicated to straight line aero testing. We headed up to KIT campus nord where they had a nice flat area for us to get some good aero data. Things went quite smoothly and the data looks great!
Monday: Most of the day was spent packing. KIT decided to run a wet skidpad in the evening so we decided to join in. Luckily for us our 2 skidpad drivers had arrived the day before and were able to get the feel of the wet track. We finished packing rather late but everything was ready to get to FSG2016
Stay tuned for updates on the competition!
The last two days of competition were dedicated to dynamics events. Day 3 is all about Acceleration, Skidpad and Autocross with Day 4 being the big event: endurance.
We started the day with the normal morning fixes then off to fueling and accel. It took a while to get the car ready but we even tally got in all four of our runs with Wilson pulling the fastest time of 4.56s.
We then went right over to skidpad with Wilson pulling around a 5.5s.
After lunch it was time to run autocross. We had a couple issues involving fuel and CO2 which took some time to fix so it was a rush to the line. Finally we got all 4 autocross runs in. They were looking pretty fast but I think we accidentally had the cone magnet on because we didn’t manage to put up a clean run.
We then ran back to the pit to get ready for design finals. Had a pep talk and then everyone got suited up. Design finals went really well and I think everyone had a good time showcasing what they know.
We pulled the car out of the pit and into the parking lot to work on it during the evening/night. We weren’t confident that the fuel pump we were running would be able to get to all the fuel necessary for a full enduro run so we swapped in the hydramat.
Day 2 at Formula North is all about static events: Design, Cost and Business. We didn’t have the best schedule with cost at 10:40 and then design at 1:30 – too much time between to just prep and chill but not quite enough to get much done. We ended up pushing pretty hard in the morning to get about half an hour of time in the practice area
We then brought the car back for cost which went pretty well (we came in 15th even with a 3/40 for the relative cost of vehicle score). The next couple hours was spent prepping for design – last minute studying and making the car look shiny for the judges.Design was right after the lunch break. The team felt that it went pretty smoothly but they weren’t able to go as in depth as they would have wanted because there wasn’t enough judges. Business also went well with Simon doing it for his first time with Matt (they came in 7th)!
For the rest of the evening we went back out to the practice area to get ready for the dynamic events on Day 3
We found out the next morning that we made design finals! That meant that Day 3 was going to be jam-packed: Acceleration, Skidpad, Autocross and Design Finals!
Formula North 2016 has officially started! The goal for day one was to get through all of tech: srcutineering, tilt, noise and brakes. The team started the day off by finishing up a couple of last minute things to make sure the car was one hundred percent tech-ready. We then rolled off to the tech bay. Everything went very well with only one minor fix to perform (reinforcing the headrest). By 2 PM we were all done with scrutineering and on to dynamic tech!
Next up was to fuel and go through tilt. Tilt was no issue and we passed first try!
After tilt comes the dreaded noise. We had some issues (like always) with pops being too loud and throwing off our reading. A quick switch of the muffler set up managed to do the trick and we were through the hardest part (for most teams) of tech!
Last up was brakes. We had time to spare so Tim ran brakes for his first time ever. It took a couple tries but eventually he nailed it! We had passed tech with time to prep the car and make it pretty for the static events on day 2.
Plan for Day 2: Get through Design, Cost, and Business as well as get some practice time in. Stay tuned!
The team left bright and early for Michigan Monday morning to get in a bit of testing time and have time to spend a day with our industry adviser. We arrived late afternoon with the first destination being an empty track, where the team was able to unload the car after the journey and make sure systems were acting properly. The issue that the team had been diagnosing for a few days was still occurring, so more troubleshooting was on the agenda, and the problem was finally narrowed down and found to be regarding the coils. An accidental short in the following inspection meant that the loom had to be taken out, inspected, and repaired over night.
FSAEM Day 3 (Friday) :