As the chassis has been designed, we have now started the production. To ensure maximum accuracy and alignment of the final chassis, we have developed a weldingfixture, that can hold the different members of the spaceframe in the right place. When the fixture is ready, we will start the assembly of the chassis on the fixture.
The new car is coming. The designing process is almost finished and the production of our 6th generation racecar is on the way. The design implement several improvements, based on our experience from our last car. For example, the gearshift system has been updated. This system controls the gearing in the gearbox. The system is operated by to pedals on the steering wheel.
We analysed the gear-shift system and it became clear that improvements could be made. Instead of using a linear electric actuator to move the gearshift-arm, we designed a system based on an brushless-digital-servomotor. The new system is designed to provide a weight-reduction of 80 %. The new system weighs about 250 g.
This year we will attend the Baltic Open competition in Helsinki. It will be the 10th anniversary Baltic Open competition, and a celebration of the informal and great attitude, that always has been associated with the event. Part of the application to attend the event is a video. We want to share the video with you, enjoy.
The chassis of our G5, has just returned from the paintshop. It’s looking good in black.
With the car all striped down to the bare spaceframe, it was possible to weigh it. With paint, the spaceframe weighs 31.0 kg. The next one will be lighter.
What does a spin in the G5 racer look like? Take a look at the video, and find out. This footage was shoot at the Fomula Student event at Silverstone 2012. The lap shown, was our fastest attempt at the sprint competition, enjoy.
The team managed to finish the work on the car, in time for the Fomula Student event at Silverstone. 110 cars was competing. Many didn’t make it through all the test and events. But our Unicorn G5, made it, and we achieved the best result in the teams history, a overall number 25.
This (danish) report was shot a few hours before we left for Silverstone. It focuses on a technical problem we had with the engine. As a result of a great team effort we got the engine running, and we could start our journey for Silverstone.
The team has applied to participate in this year Baltic Open competition. The event will take place in august near Darmstadt. Baltic Open is a nonofficial event, giving teams a great opportunity to practice racing while meeting other teams. The social aspect between the teams is an important part of Baltic Open. Participating has to be fun, that’s why we have made this film.
To apply for the event, all teams are required to submit a short entertaining film about the car. Click below to see our contribution.
On March 1st we got the engine running. This was a major milestone on our road towards this year completion at Silverstone. After a period with vast activity on the project it is rewarding for all involved, to see results. And we got good results – the engine started well! We predict it will output more power than it did in the old car, mainly due to our new exhaust, supercharging systems and new drivetrain.
Having a functional engine means that many subsystems, mechanical and electric has to work together, which they do now. This brings us a lot closer to the test track. Next big step is to prepare for a test on a “rolling road”. This will allow us to test the engine, supercharger, fuel-system and drivetrain at successive higher loads, until we are certain it is ready for track testing. Preparing for this test means a completion of several systems. Among those who still need work done are, the antirollbar setup, flooring in front of the driver and finishing the fuel tank.
We can’t wait to take it for a spin!
It’s about to happen. All the systems related to the engine is coming together, and we’re almost ready to fire it up for the first time in the G5 racecar. We have managed to produce complicated components such as complete self-designed and made exhaust system, and drive wheels for the supercharger. The new car also features a brand new fuelline design with an external fuelpump and a tank made of thin aluminum-sheet.
We’re excited to get it up and running.