Friday, February 27, 2015

February A 59 Progress Report

In February, 2015, the Dragon Motorsports Team made progress on the A 59 car. The team cut the nose off of the A 59 to make it shorter. The team also started fabricating the new adjustable brake pedal. The team also started designing a more aerodynamic windshield and hood that will also help keep rain out of the car.

February S 53 Progress Report

In February, 2015, the Dragon Motorsports Team made progress on the S 53 car. The team finished welding the S 53's frame and the rear swing arm. We are now working on adding the swing arm to the frame in a way that will let the shocks compress properly without making the car bottom out or lifting the swing arm too high. The team also welded together the axle and are working on the mounts for it.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

January Progress Report for the S53 Car

On the new S53 car we've designed a frame with a swing arm on the rear end of the car to make the ride smoother, the front half of the car is welded together and the fabricators are working on welding the swing arm and the rest of the rear end together. the S53 car will also have the spring-loaded pin system for the steering mechanism similar to the one being built for the advanced car. The team has also designed the front axle to set the proper ride height.

January Progress Report for the A59 car

In January the Dragon Motorsports team made progress on the A59. On the A59, the team designed and started building a new braking system that will be adjustable for the different heights of the drivers, as well as a new locking system for the steering column instead of the quick-release pin because of problems with the current pin getting caught which slowed down our emergency exit time. Also, after the 2014 Wayne Fall Rally, we suspected the motor controller was causing our voltmeter to give sporadic readings so we replaced the controller.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Another Season Begins!

This is the start of the 2014-2015 Power Drive season. We have begun designing the frame for our new car and are making great progress. We are incorporating a newly designed rear swing arm.  We went to the Wayne Fall Rally in September and  gained a lot of racing experience. We noticed that there were some improvements that could be made the the A59 car we have now and are currently working on testing it so we can get the best  performance the next time we race. We also noticed an issue with our motor controller during the rally, and so we replaced it with a spare one we had in the shop and so far things are working well.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

April Progress Report for A59 car

In the month of April we completed our documentation. For the advanced class we had to make a multimedia project so we decided on a video to our sponsors. With the video we also had to complete our writen documentation. We handed both in on the 19th at the Grand Island race. Also during April we raced at two races, Lincoln and Hastings. We finished 7th in both races. While only finishing 7th, we captured several mishaps on our GoPro camera. Between rain days the team also practiced braking and manuverability.

We found a weak spot
on the car including where we mount the brake drum on the front wheels. The team is confident that the problem is resolved and ready for the race. While having the car in the shop we also added an aerodynamics cone behind our GoPro camera.

Monday, March 31, 2014

March Progress Report for the A59 car

The first rally of the season is coming up fast, and so the team has been working hard to get all the needed jobs done in time for the first competition in Lincoln. First, the newly fabricated brake pedal, cables, and light switch have been installed and properly adjusted. Extra time had to be taken to alter the brake cable bracket since where the cables were in the bracket didn't match where they needed to be attached to the pedal itself. Also, the team has been putting together the written documentation for the project.

Next, the team replaced the paneling underneath the car to make sure the air flow will be as smooth as possible. They also ground the newly welded frame members to make sure they matched the original body lines, and that there were no sharp burrs or edges. With the nose now 7 inches longer, ground clearance was a concern, so the guys added spacers to the front axle to raise the front end of the car 1/4".

Lastly, the team has finalized their new car graphics designs and submitted them to a local sponsor who will print them out and apply the vinyl onto the newly cut side panels.