Thursday, April 30, 2015

April Progress Report for the A59 car

                In April the Dragon Motorsports team re-aligned the front wheels and steering after the Lincoln Rally. The team has also put the new braking system in the car, added cones around the axles to reduce drag, and tested batteries to find the strongest out of the group. After the Lincoln rally the A-59 had to have its right front tire replaced because of a problem with the alignment between the steering and how the wheel was towed in, which caused the right front tire to rub along the track, causing our batteries to drain faster and nearly causing a blowout.

                After the Hastings Rally the team has added cones to go around the axles to reduce drag and improve the car’s aerodynamics. The Dragon Motorsports team has also started practicing for the braking and maneuverability competitions, and after a quick fix on the braking system, will be ready for state.

Friday, March 27, 2015

March Progress Report for A59 car

In March, 2015, the Dragon Motorsports Team made progress on the A-59 car. For the first change, the team finished building the new adjustable braking system; the team is now adding the new system to the car. The team also built a new hood and windshield for the car along with repairing a section of tail that was damaged during the 2014 Wayne Rally. The team decided to divide themselves between working on the car and working on documentation.

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.