As our team heads into the new school year we are reminded of the great task that is ahead of us. Our team currently runs on a two-year build cycle and this year is the big one. We are starting from scratch. The chassis and kinematics teams have already been hard at work over the summer designing and preparing a new frame and suspension system for the upcoming OG20 Formula SAE car.
With the beginning of a new school year, UBCO Motorsports is back at it. After a brief break following our harrowing experience at competition we have returned with renewed interest and passion for the club. Many new projects are planned to improve the OG18 including: aerodynamics, aluminum A-arms, a new MoTeC ECU, and many other improvements. In addition to upgrading our car, we are making improvements to our shop space, and to our team!
The fourth day at competition was very stressful for the team. From right after the gate opened we were at the noise testing, trying to get our drive train and car to be under 110 dBc at redline, unfortunately during noise testing the engine had a major failure. The engine had undergone a low oil situation in testing before competition, and while we thought the incident had not caused enough damage in the engine to cripple it, the high RPM required by noise testing brought out the faults in the engine. The team tried its best to complete a full engine swap in time to still participate in the noise in brake testing. Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to be able to complete the change over.
The team is very proud of our hard work thus far as we reach the end of the third day of competition. Ending the day having completed 50% of the required events in order to be race ready, we know that we can tackle the rest with ease. The team is also ecstatic to announce that we have been able to pass technical inspection in one try. The rigorous technical inspection performed at competition is known to require many attempts, as such we are very happy with the fact that we managed to pass on the first try.
It was a rainy start to our first full day at competition. Luckily we brought many tents and the weather let up before too long, otherwise the team may have started looking into Marine Engineering to complete the races! Upon arrival our team was quick to set up and get over to gear check, unfortunately many of our competitors braved the rain before us and ended up giving us a long wait. After a lengthy wait we got our gear checked and approved, earning our spot in Technical Inspection!
After many miles, truck stops, bathroom breaks, and litres of gas we have made it to Lincoln, Nebraska. 2700 kilometers away from home, we spent the first night in the hotel working on the car until the pouring rain stopped us from finalizing the build, making us wish we were back in the Kelowna sun.
The UBCO motorsports team has been hard at work this semester, starting to build our new car the OG18. We are officially registered for FSAE Lincoln that will take in June 2018. There will be many hours of design, build and preparation in the next 7 months for the OG18 to be a contender in the competition. Fortunately, the team is currently on schedule and has made a lot of progress this year.
Before we dive into it, I want to thank from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of the team all of the sponsors, friends, and family that made this dream of reaching FSAE Michigan possible. Without your support, we truly would not of been able to accomplish what we did.
Day 4 was a huge success for UBCO Motorsports; we have completed every event except for endurance, which is happening today in Day 5.
Day 3 has held many challenges and victories; the team has passed tech inspection with flying colours, completed our cost, design, and business presentations, and passed the tilt test.
Welcome to Day 2 (Sent on Day 3)! A bit of late update; day 2 has been quite hectic and all hands were on deck setting up our trailer and making last minute adjustments on the car.
The team has successfully arrived in Michigan after driving several thousand miles across North America over the last 4 days. We have dropped off our trailer at the speedway and have checked into the hotel.
We are excited to announce that we have a new home for the year; STAR (Survive, Thrive, and Applied Research) has taken us back and we have set up shop to finish off the OG17. We have a rolling chassis that is under the last stages of preparation for a final assembly. Also new to the team is our new engineering facility representative, Ernest Goh who was previously teaching at the University of Singapore! He is very excited to work alongside us to continue to make the club a success for years to come.
As the next FSAE competition in Michigan nears, the team has been making steady progress on OG17. We have doubled the horsepower and torque from our engine and are sending straight into to a brand new Drexler limited slip differential. The driver’s inputs are being completely reworked, with a new composite steering wheel and a 163 part pedal box replacing the old units. Our engine has almost been completely mounted in the chassis, and the firewall is being fabricated.
This past month has been productive for the improvement of OG16. As part of readying her for the next competition, she has received a lot of attention in the tuning and weight department. The team fully disassembled the car and weighed each part individually, then started to make note of what parts seemed overweight. The parts were then redesigned to weigh less while retaining or increasing its strength, and then replaced on the car.
The sun is shining, the birds are tweeting and Duke and Duchess are visiting, marking the start of another year at UBC Okanagan and the beginning of our build cycle on the next FSAE car. We are excited to now have the opportunity to improve on last years design and make her faster, lighter, and more efficient. We are also excited to welcome our new members and the fresh ideas that they bring to the table.
February 2nd has come and gone, and though the weather-predicting groundhog sadly passed away before its big day, we at UBCO Motorsports are confident it would of not see its shadow. Spring is finally coming to Kelowna with highs of a balmy 12 degrees Celsius and a 100% chance of racecar. A great amount of progress has been made on the OgopoGO and we are excited to showcase this to our readers this month.
2016 has officially rolled in and there has been more activity than ever happening in the club. Parts are arriving in the mailbox every day, fabrication of the suspension is well under way, and our beautiful steel chassis has begun its transformation in the character we call OgopoGO. We are optimistic that by the end of the month we will reach our goal of having a rolling chassis.
Throughout November there has been a singular, chilling thought spiraling through our heads endlessly over and over again, tumbling around like the snowflakes already in the wind: Winter is coming.
Its interesting times we’re in, oil prices in the toilet, a Canadian Liberal government for the first time in forever, and a new trending dance move every month that just gets weirder and weirder with each iteration. Luckily, the UBCO Motorsports team has survived harlems’, twerking, and nei nei’s, and has still managed to make an amazing amount of progress from the beginning of the 2015/16 school year.