Our members are still working despite the situation we find ourselves in right now, and in honor of the good work that our team members are doing, we want to highlight some of the best contributions to our new wiki page.
The wiki page is going to help us develop as a team, to learn from previous experiences
Tom Erik Vange
Member of Powertrain department
Managing: FUEL AND COOLING
A vehicle’s engine-cooling system serves not just to keep the engine cool, but to also keep its temperature warm enough to ensure efficient, clean operation.
In other words, The cooling system keeps everything cool.
Cooling system AR20
This year’s cooling system was drastically downscaled in comparison to last year’s setup. We decided that we wanted to try with only one radiator, and an even smaller one at that. This was mainly because our engine had a hard time to heat up, and when the pump started, the temperature would drastically drop. For this year, we wanted to try pulse-width modeling with a smaller cooling system. The total amount of water in the system is calculated to be 1,5 L.
The radiator used on our car was donated by one of our sponsors, Grimstad Chiptuning.
The fan connected to our radiator was the same as the one used on AR19.
The pump used was of the type “EBP40“.
Since we had no sidepod on this years car, we made a ducting on the front of the radiator, and a fancowl from the radiator backside and to the fan.
Main rules and regulations
According to the rules of FSAE:
- We are only allowed to use plain water in our cooling system.
- The expantion tank/refilling has to be at least 10% the volume of the system.
- Any material used in the cooling system is required to withstand temperatures specified by the rules.
- The driver must be shielded from any possible source of spilling (and high temperatures around the cooling system).
Testing and verification
To test the effect of the cooling system, we rigged up a test-system with the radiator, cooling pipes and a bowl of boiling water on a stove. This test was used to find the Δt (difference in temperature) from when the water entered the system, and when it got out of the system.
There are also data from Solan (AR19) at endurance in the archive, where you can see that the cooling system was too effective. It should also be data from AR20 out in archive with the different senarios of no duct-no fan, no duct with fan, and with duct and fan.
For the test setup, a boiler on a oven was used. It is importen when testing the cooling system that the pump gets no air pocket in the system, so that it can manage to push the water around the system. This should also be in mind when designing the finished system on the car. Also take note that you don’t get airpockets in any pipes or hoeses.
Choice of components
The choise of components for AR20 was mainly for downsizing, less efficient and aiming for a lighter system.
Take a look at what the original motor came with of parts and specs. Aim for simmular setup, but also take into an account that the engine might get less air-cooling while riding, the use of a tubo and simular factors.
Also when choosing electrical components, be in contact wiht electro. It is important not to exceed the power-budget, so that the car can manage to drive entire endurance without the risk of draining the battery completely.
The first radiator for AR20 was ment to be modified and converted into a dual-pass radiator (water crosses the core 2 times). Found a cheep radiator, and started designing the side tanks, but before the label started it got confronted that the radiator could not be welded, therefor it ended on the shelf. The reason for it could not be welded was it had bushings in it, which would melt during welding, and we would get several leaks.
If you aim for modifiing the radiator, get a core which can be welded, and design the side tanks from there.
There are not many radiator in the size like AR20 or AR19, (manly car radiators are too big, and mc radiators are a bit expencive) but there might me some aircondition radiator in this size (Fun fact: AR19 are aircondition-radiator from some construction machine, and AR20 are an aircondition-radiator from a mark 5 supra).
Take into an account the ports of the radiator and placement, considering potential leaks and air pockets.
The fan for AR20 and AR19 is the same model, which hase a great power, is fairly small and fit into the power-budget.
Since we tok aim at downsizing the cooling system compared to AR19, a smaller pump whas choosen. Davies craig has a great selection of pumps. The AR20 pump can pump 34 L/min. With the use of an electric pump, you can run the cooling system, even if the motor is off. The pump can me PWM (Pulse width modulation) so you can get f.instance 3 setting where the pump can go slow, medium and at full speed, depending of the engine temp. Talk with electro for such a setup.
For AR20 the choice of using pipes instead of hoeses where made for saving weight. Tip: Use AN-fittings. It will make it easeier for setting up and changing parts in the system and assembly.
Depending of the pipes size and thicknes you might need to cut and weld, or maybe bend it. The technique used on AR20 whas bending with the help of filling the pipe with sand, cap’ing both ends, warm the pipe up with a heat gun and use a “pipe-bender” at UIA’s lab. (simular to , except we clamped the ends with a vise, and filled with sand from the beach).
Aim for around the same pipe size as the engine outlet. Then use silicon hose at all transition needed. Make sure that the claps holding the hoeses on have something to prevent them from sliding off.
Controll-check with the user manual of the motorbike/engine while designing (f.instance, flow of water, total capacity and similar).
For the 4LC TKM 690 ccm motor, the frow of the water is:
– Out of the top port of the engine.
-> AN-fitting with return from turbo connected.
– Radiator inlet, through the radiator.
– Radiator outlet to inlet on cooling pump (center front).
– Out from pump.
-> AN-fitting delivery to turbo.
– In the lowest port of the engine.
Importent to have the expantion-tank/cooling resevoir at the highest point of the system, preventing air pockets geting trapped in the system, and connecting it to “the main loop” at the highest point (around the engine outlet).
Member of marketing department
Managing: SoMe – Instagram
Align Racing’s Instagram (@alignracing) is one of the most important platforms for sharing meaningful moments of implemented work, staying in touch with other teams, attracting new sponsors and maintaining relationships with existing sponsors, team-members, getting new experience and inspiration.
The content of the media posted on AR’s Instagram has to represent a professional level of the organization, its’ development and all kinds of occupations. It can include such posts as:
Ludvig, Solan, or any new AR car from all possible angles, its details and parts. Also, AR taking part in various racing events and competitions.
- Work in progress.
Moments, where team members are working on their tasks, discussing something, presenting, etc.
- Public events.
Pictures and videos taken during the exhibition of AR car in any public space. Team members taking part in various workshops, conferences, meetings related to the development of AR. Events, organized by AR for attracting new team members, sponsors, promoting any specific idea, challenge. Guests, visiting AR workshop and office.
- Social events.
Pictures and videos taken during the social events organized for AR members: common trips, parties, gatherings, challenges.
Media that lets people know about any kind of events organized by AR or where AR takes part. Also, recruitment to AR organization or any other invitation to join AR team.
Interesting news, press releases, facts, interviews about AR.
Posts about new arrivals of the details for the car/car parts, also describing their technical specifications and interesting facts.
Special achievements of team members, stories or interviews with AR departments, entire team photos, AR clothing.
Anything that can represent a nice interesting and engaging idea: it can be any unusual composition on the picture, time-lapses, challenges, any unusual details, regular weekly posts, something fun, something interactive (questionnaires, quizzes in stories) that can engage other teams and followers.
This helps when there are not so many new media to be posted. Also, it can be any meaningful moment for AR from the past, from archives. Posts that were published exactly one year ago, or posts about any traditions in AR.
All posts (and further on, posts = picture/video/stories + its written description) should be in English, using the official appropriate language. If there are videos or stories with the original narration in Norwegian, then there should be also a translation to English, e.g. subtitles or in the description. Instagram stories can have both languages (e.g. stories are in Norwegian, but has a short simple title in English). It is important to carefully check grammar before posting.
There are serious regulations for choosing the media content and its description that has to be checked before publishing anything – described in “Media selection” paragraph.
The gallery of Instagram follows a certain colour palette for a nice first appearance when the new follower opens the gallery. It is not too strict but has to keep consistency and style. Currently, a common preset “2019_ARUiA_General.xmp” is made for editing the pictures and is available on Google Drive. Applying this preset on the pictures helps to keep this consistency.
Instagram is the main platform for communication with other teams, so the posts should also try to invite other followers, other teams
to leave comments under our posts, share, save and repost our media or ask us any questions related to the technical part.
Instagram can show everything about AR, it has both the official posts as on Facebook and, in addition, it has an emphasis on the technical side. So any posts about car technical specifications, parts, etc. are very welcome.
When opening the gallery, the overall look should be balanced as well – an even amount of pictures of AR car, people, car details, videos. It should not be in the way when if you would open the AR profile and see that the last 8 pictures (just an example) are showing the car exhibited in different places, it needs diversity.
Stories are more suitable for sharing the moments happening in real-time and also letting the viewers know about the newest post in the feed. Stories are also a great tool to maintain the engagement of the followers even if there is nothing to post to the gallery. It is important to use the location and, sometimes, a hashtag sticker in order to attract more viewers, nevertheless, these should not be too noticeable on the story-post itself, they can be placed somewhere in the corner.
Stories can be also used for publishing collages of different pictures, videos made during the event. If there are too much of media and it cannot be posted all to the feed, then collages are a good solution.
What is not allowed to post:
- Posts that can be considered as offensive, discriminative, provocative, consisting of non-trustful information.
- Posts with cursing, rude or impolite expressions, dark humour, sarcasm, any memes.
- Posts with people, who have not given permission to be taken a picture or video of; Kids, whose parents have not given permission to take a picture or video of them and publish them; Drunk or smoking people (this is especially related to any media taken during social or public events).
- Posts of the car which is not officially unveiled yet – anything that can release the new design or unique features. It is important to take care of the pictures taken during design presentations, in the office, workshop – so that the not-unveiled car does not appear on the presentation or PC screens even in the background.
- “Work in progress” posts of technical departments if they are not approved by a technical department leader or HMS leader as “following all safety rules”. Also, any post where team members or other people around the car don’t follow safety rules.
- Posts that are advertising any product not related to the sponsors who have the “Gold Package”.
- Posts that are not related to Align Racing UiA.
- It is important to keep the chronological order of the media taken from different events and prioritize them by importance. For example, if there are new pictures of people working in workshop and pictures from carrier day at UiA – the carrier day pictures should be posted first, even if they were taken one day later because this is a more important event.
There are some categories of posts that usually get a bit more likes than the others, therefore it is very practical to plan those and publish them regularly:
- Such posts are usually about our female team-members (AR UiA is a big supporter of females in motorsports), e.g. posting pictures of them working, presenting, taking part in public events, having the leading positions etc. It is also important to remember about the 8th of March – International women’s day.
- Posts about socially important cases (e.g. COVID-19), if AR takes part in helping other organizations, supports a certain social position, then it should be captured.
- Since Instagram is chosen to be more about technical things of AR, it works really well posting different descriptions of newly arrived car parts and details. Usually, those become one of the most saved and shared posts.
- Media that shows something dynamic, something moving. It is more attractive for the viewers to see a frozen “moment of the story” / “of an action” in the picture, so the pictures with the car moving or team members working with sparkles flying around – these receive a lot of impressions.
- It is always a good idea to show the whole team doing something together – taking part in competitions, workshops, posing all together with the car.
- Posts where AR is somewhere in the recognizable public place, e.g. Ludvig which is exhibited in the Kjevik International Airport – this attracts a lot of likes and impressions too.
Posts in the feed should be published not oftener than once a day with 24 hours’ difference with the previous publication. Also, it is recommended to wait until the post gets to the barrier of a minimum amount of likes, e.g. minimum 80 likes + 24 hours and then the next post can come.
If there is a need to attract special attention to the post, then it should be posted in the feed and also in the stories. And in the stories, a pause should be taken until the next story. The announcement can be designed in different ways and posted a few times in stories to make people notice something.
Only media in its’ best quality should be chosen to be posted, pictures and videos with a minimum amount of noise, clear and sharp, not blurred, with a reduced amount of warm white colour that has yellow shades.
For the IGTV videos (videos that are longer than 1 minute), it is recommended to choose, a suitable for the content and for the feed, a vertical picture-cover, or a nice eye-catching moment from the video itself.
AR has a nice contrasting orange colour, so if editing a temperature of the picture in the Instagram editor, it is always better to go for a colder one.
Stories that are posted straight from the location they were taken from, need to have a “Buenos-Aires” filter on and the font called “Modern”. An application that was used for collages (can be checked in the profile’s archive) is called “Unfold”, templates called “CS1” and “CS3” (the last one costs just 11kr), the font –“Playfair”. The application where the frame was made – PicsArt.
How to make the orange frame in PicsArt:
1. Load the image (finished and saved to the feed collage from Unfold) to the app
2. Open “Draw” (symbol with a brush)
3. Choose the orange colour (the most similar to AR orange recommended)
4. “Select shape” (icon with square, circle and plus)
5. Switch to “Stroke” and choose the thickness 5-10
6. Draw the rectangle, adjust its size and place is symmetrically in the middle of the picture so that there is the same distance from each edge to the frame.
Sometimes, media can be also black & white, for this case, it is important to take care of the contrast so that all the elements are clear and recognizable.
Posting one big picture divided into the square-parts, so that when the viewers open the gallery they see one picture (like a puzzle) made of 3-6-9 square pictures. It is a nice and creative idea, but then it is useful to mention under each picture that the viewers should check the whole one in the gallery. In addition, each picture should not look too empty, not understandable – it might lower the number of likes and also affect Instagram’s algorithms.
The algorithm and structure of Instagram are quite tricky and it still needs to be explored more for developing the best strategy of attracting more of the natural flow of new followers and their engagement.
It is practical to check statistics and insights, try to analyse them and learn the best tendencies. It is always a great idea to keep on exploring profiles of other teams and, especially, professional racing teams and car brands to see the latest trends, to have the option to analyse and compare what looks successful and attractive in the gallery, or what is not so nice.
The natural flow of new followers requires consistent usage and interaction. It is a big luck to be reposted or tagged by a profile that has a huge audience (e.g. Formula Student), then it attracts a lot of them automatically. It is worth to regularly like and comment on different publications (like all pictures of other teams, do not evaluate it with personal taste). Comments can be simple, even emojis, or, of course, can be questions and compliments – can attract profile visits too.
Mass-liking + following of different profiles works, some of the teams start following back. So the guide is: choosing a team/profile that has a lot of followers themselves and checks who are they following. From the list of profiles, they are following enter different teams – check that they are active (their last post should not be made one year ago), like 10 pictures to be noticed by them, follow them, wait for the response.
Taking part in different challenges and being nominated can also attract new followers.
Besides attracting the new followers, it is also important to take care of interaction with them. Whenever followers ask questions or comment something on stories or posts, they should receive feedback. It might happen that some messages of followers need time to be answered. A good solution for that can be simply choosing a 30-40 minutes a day when replying to all messages in Direct and comments. Those don’t happen every day, but in any case, other profiles should not wait for a response for too long.
Unique hashtags such as “alignracing”, “aruia”, “ar” let find our posts amongst all the other teams. Nevertheless, there are 30 hashtags in total that can be posted under each post.
30 hashtags included in the post’s description look messy and, sometimes, even longer than the title itself. Therefore, a solution can be storing those 30 hashtags in any “Notes” app on the phone, copying them right before making the post and commenting them as fast as possible right under the publication. Pre-copying and posting them as soon as possible in the publication’s comment is needed because hashtags on Instagram update chronologically, so if the hashtag appears one hour later – the publication with this hashtag will be amongst other publications made one hour ago. For instance, some of the hashtags have a big flow – there are a lot of new publications appearing with it every minute, so a belated hashtag under the AR post will get lost under the newest publications.
Here are the hashtags that are used under the media the most:
#alignracing #alignracinguia #team #car #auto #uia #formulastudent #formula #motorsport #design #racing #autosport #teamgoals #sportscar #motorracing #racecar #student #photography #automotive #speed #enginesolidworks #champion #technology #bestofnorway #carlifestyle #supercars #business #racingnorge #teamworkengineering #formulanordic
Of course, all of them can be changed based on the media content and popularity of hashtags.
It works well with Instagram’s algorithms if the hashtags have some diversity under the post, pasting completely the same ones’ every time does not really work.
Hashtags related to a certain challenge, e.g. #12daysofcomp can be included in the post and then 29 other hashtags in the comment.
Hashtags are useful during approximately 24-30 hours after the post has been done – this is the time when the post gets lost under the newest same-hashtag posts and the time when everyone subscribed to a certain hashtag (on Instagram you can follow not only profiles but also different hashtags) has already seen it in their feeds. Therefore, hashtags can be removed after this time, but those that are different from common ones, for instance, “alignracing” should remain.
It is not allowed to follow profiles that are not related to the professional activities of AR, e.g. profiles of personal interest and friends, profiles not related to the automotive industry or at least inspiration for it, e.g. profiles about makeup or gardening. Also, it is not allowed to follow and interact with different bots, profiles that offer likes and followers, suspicious and ghost (empty) profiles.
Once in a while, it is suggested to go through the list of the profiles-following and unfollow those that have stopped their activity, e.g. their last post has been published more than one year ago.
Statistics / Insights
Insights of the profile and its’ subpages “Content”, “Activity”, “Audience” are great tools for analysing and then building a better strategy of Align Racing UiA promotion on social media.
Activity / Audience/ Content
All of them are constantly changing statistics that should be checked regularly, e.g. every week. Basically, Instagram provides a clear and understandable description for each of the statistics in these subpages, however, it is always good to attentively keep track of the tendencies. Posting in the most active time amongst followers is great, but it might be different depending on the situation happening around and be also different every new week. In addition, the most active time of followers cannot always suit the logic of posting a certain category of posts at that time – e.g., posts there might be posts that should be posted in the morning or in the evening but the active time is different.
In general, the analysis of the insights brings more motivation to continue developing the profile and make it really progressing.
Member of electronics department
Managing: Telemetry/Data logging
In order to optimize the performance of a race car, information is essential. By
gathering and analyzing sensor data in real-time, a competitive edge can be gained
for future car designs. This collection and displaying of data is called telemetry.
Stopping the car to extract data into the telemetry system has been deemed too unrealistic. A wireless solution will also allow for users to monitor the car live during testing and racing therefore increasing its effectiveness. In essence, a fully fledged telemetry system has been chosen over just a simple data logger. A backup will however still be performed by a local storage on the car. The system must be able to provide stable transmission over 600m with a data rate of at least 500 kbit/s.
Cellular technology mitigates the main issues of prior telemetry systems in Align Racing UiA, namely range. Antenna placement is also no longer an issue since line-of-sight will not
have a great effect, the system can therefore be placed in a more suitable area of the car.
The added running cost of a cellular system is negligible compared to pre-made commercial systems and it also allows for more customization and upgrades in the future.
Some overhead is also needed to ensure that the upload speed is sufficient.
It would also be possible to use LTE-M to decrease latency, but the peak data rate is 384 kbit/s which below the requirements of the system.
This does however mean that the specific choice of cellular technology must be supported in all countries where Align Racing intends to compete.
Based on this, LTE CAT4 was chosen as it provides ample bandwidth with reasonable latency.
Sending data can be done with either HTTP or MQTT in this specific setup. For this use-case, MQTT will offer many advantages. HTTP can do the same things as MQTT, but with a higher footprint (Header size). The system will only send simple telemetry data and MQTT will therefore be more data rate efficient. MQTT is able to establish a connection and keep it open as well. Thus lowering the data rate usage and latency further compared to HTTP.
The cellular device chosen for this system is a SIM7600CE-T 4G(LTE) Shield from DFRobot. The operating range of the module is -40◦C and 85◦C. Thereby making it suitable for testing during the Norwegian winters. It features a SIM7600 cellular module and interacts with controlling device using AT Commands sent over a serial interface. This makes it possible to use most microcontroller type devices such as an Arduino to control the device. It was also chosen as Align Racing UiA makes their own CANbus modules that are based on the same microcontroller as an Arduino Nano. A local backup will be used in the car as well using a Teensy and an SD card.
- Operating Voltage: 5V
- Input Power: VIN(7-23V)/USB(5V)
- Supported Networks:
- TDD-LTE B38/B39/B40/B41
- FDD-LTE B1/B3/B8
- TD-SCDMA B34/B39
- WCDMA/HSDPA/HSPA+ B1/B8
- CDMA 1X/EVDO BC0
- GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800 MHz
- 4G Communication Rate:
- Uplink Rate: 50Mbps
- Downlink Rate: 150Mbps
- Controlled via AT Commands
- Supports GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System)
- Supports Low-power Consumption Mode: 20mA@7V Flight Mode
- Operating Temperature: -40℃~85℃
- Dimension: 69x54mm
Data Analysis Interface
Large amounts of accurate stored or real-time data is near useless if it cannot be accessed in a simple and intuitive way. In order for the largest number of users to be able to benefit from the data, it should be easy to access the specific data they need. It is possible to write data to several text files and read it manually or with a program like excel, but this is far too cumbersome. An interface that allows for simple, accurate and plentiful data to be presented is therefore needed.
ThingsBoard is a free open-source IoT platform that can be used for data collection, processing and visualization. It has support for MQTT, HTTP and CoAP and can be installed on a user device, server or cloud. Individual users can be given different rights and displays using a login to further increase the ease of use. Data storage is provided either by SQL, NoSQL or a hybrid database. Two types of data is stored; the entities, meaning the devices, users and dashboards, as well as the actual telemetry data using the time as its key. For SQL and NoSQL both databases are combined. The hybrid database separates the two so that the entities are in SQL and telemetry in NoSQL which allows it to capture more than 5000 messages per second. Thingsboard comes with most items needed to display the data, but it is also possible to create them from scratch using JSON code.
User friendliness is one of the most important considerations for this year’s telemetry system. Thingsboard will therefore be used to provide all aspects of the telemetry system outside the car. The ability to display data on devices such as cellphones has also been a reason for this choice since not everyone brings a laptop to test drives. This makes troubleshooting much simpler as anyone can monitor and check the different systems on the car.
Since the data flow from CANbus is estimated to be much lower than 5000 messages per second, a simple PostgreSQL database will be used. In order to host the thingsboard server, a cloud-based solution will be used. The delay from transmit- ting over a cellular network will already be substantial compared to the difference in hosting a server at Align Racing UiA and a cloud server in Oslo. Using a cloud server also makes storage, backups and up-scaling simpler than running and maintaining hardware at Align Racing UiA, especially with regards to time. Accessing the website is also simplified since thingsboard can be given an external website address. At the moment, the system runs on a cloud server provided by Host1.no. In order to avoid the effects of jitter (packets arriving in the wrong order/ too late) on the telemetry system and to further facilitate the local backup, all data is tied to the car’s gps clock. This means that the local storage can be migrated into the PostgreSQL database with little difficulty.
Member of suspension department
The upright assembly has many functions within the wheel assembly. It houses the wheel hub, which allows for connection and rotation of the wheels. The brake calipers are mounted to the upright. Steering mounts allows for steering of the wheels in the front and toe control in the rear. It also connects the double wishbones to the outboard assembly and transfers the forces from the tire contact patch to the suspension links. In addition to all these functions, which allow for safe and functional handling of the car, there are also some structural conditions that are important to take into account when designing an upright.
The suspension system is not a static system, as everything is elastic to some extent (compliance). There are large forces that are transferred through many components in the inwheel assembly. These forces will cause compliance which will affect the chosen suspension geometry and, in most cases, reduce handling. Figure 3 and Figure 4 shows both the front and rear upright assembly.
Front upright assembly
One of the main focuses for this year compared to last year is to reduce weight, generate better load paths and improve the workability of the attached components. In addition to this, a wheel speed concept, that was partially integrated last year, has been fully implemented to the upright assembly.
Adjustability has also been an important factor in the 2020 design. Because of some unseen challenges, many variables in the suspension geometry has not been sufficiently simulated. Therefore, adjustability has been important to ensure that during the test phase of the vehicle the best possible camber and steering geometry can be found. This will also provide valuable data for teams in the future, as fewer changes will be made in the suspension.
To adjust the camber angle, shims with variable thicknesses are mounted with the upper wishbone bracket, as shown in \Figure 3. This allows us to adjust the camber angle up to 3.5 degrees. In the front tie-rod attachment, a double shear clevis attachment is mounted. The reason for this clevis attachment is the possibility for adjustment if the steering geometry is not adequate. From simulations and calculations, there will most likely not be any problems. In addition, this will allow for a much simpler machining job, as it can be done quite simply with a 3-axis CNC mill.
All spacers are made conical to both reduce the pressure acting on the upright and brackets and allow for more radial rotation of the uniball bearings.
Cuts in the lower wishbone mount have also been made, to ensure that the wishbones do not touch the upright under operation. In the previous years, this was honed manually, which was a time-consuming task.
Table 1 shows a BOM and weight table for the front upright assembly. From last year, the front hub size has decreased significantly, which has made it possible to reduce the weight of the front upright by 21 %. Comparing last years upright with the current design, there has been a significant increase in stiffness. This is due to better load paths and a better understanding of where the critical areas are.
Rear upright assembly
The same focus has been made under the construction of the rear upright, as with the front upright. The size of the bore of the upright is the same as last year, to accommodate for the in-hub tripod joint, which has shown to be a very successful concept. One other major change is the tie-rod attachment. Last year the team tried to use bumpsteer to their advantage and allow for some rear-wheel steering. This concept was proved not to be successful. For the 2020 season, the team tried to reduce bumpsteer in the rear to a minimum, as rear toe-control is far more important.
To reduce the rear bumpsteer, the tie-rod attachment is in-plane with the lower wishbone attachment. The tie-rod attachment on the rear bulkhead is also attached at the same point. This will, in theory, result in no bumpsteer at all.
There has also been a focus on camber adjustment in the rear with shims. These shims will also have a variable thickness so that the team can evaluate the best camber settings for competition.
Table 2 shows a BOM and weight table of the rear upright assembly. The weight of the upright has improved by about 20 % from last year, even though the bore size of the hub has stayed the same. There has also been a significant improvement in the compliance in the rear tie-rod attachment.
Relevant rules for the inwheel assembly:
- T 2.3.1 – The vehicle must be equipped with fully operational front and rear suspension systems including shock absorbers and a usable wheel travel of at least 50 mm and a minimum jounce of 25 mm with driver seated.
- T 2.4.1 – Any wheel mounting system that uses a single retaining nut must incorporate a device to prevent loosening of the nut and the wheel. A second nut (“jam nut”) does not meet these requirements.
- T 2.4.2 Standard wheel lug bolts and studs must be made of steel and are considered engineering fasteners. Teams using modified lug bolts, studs or custom designs will be required to provide proof that good engineering practices have been followed in their design. Wheel lug bolts and studs must not be hollow.
- T 2.4.3 – Aluminum wheel nuts may be used, but they must be hard anodized and in pristine condition.
- T 2.6.3 – The steering system must have positive steering stops that prevent the steering linkages from locking up. The stops must be placed on the rack and must prevent the tires and rims from contacting any other parts. Steering actuation must be possible during standstill.
- T 10.1.1 – Critical fasteners are defined as bolts, nuts, and other fasteners utilized in the primary structure, the steering, braking, driver’s harness, suspension systems and those specifically designated as critical fasteners in the respective rule.
- T 10.1.2 – All threaded critical fasteners must be at least of either 4 mm in diameter or of the diameter specified in the referencing rule, whichever is larger.
- T 10.1.3 – All threaded critical fasteners must meet or exceed metric grade 8.8 or equivalent.
- T 10.1.4 – All threaded critical fasteners must be of the type hexagon bolts (ISO 4017, ISO 4014) or socket head cap screws (ISO 4762, DIN 7984, ISO 7379) including their fine-pitch thread versions. Alternative fasteners are permitted if the team can show equivalence.
- T 10.1.5 – Bolts may be shortened in length as long as T 10.2.3 is fulfilled.
- T 10.2.1 – All critical fasteners must be secured from unintentional loosening by the use of positive locking mechanisms.
- T 10.2.2 The following methods are accepted as positive locking mechanisms:
- Correctly installed safety wiring.
- Cotter pins.
- Nylon lock nuts (ISO 7040, ISO 10512, EN 1663 or equivalent) for low temperature locations (80 ◦C or less).
- Prevailing torque lock nuts (DIN 980, ISO 7042 or equivalent, and jet nuts or K-nuts).
- Locking plates.
- Tab washers.
- Any locking mechanism based on pre-tensioning or an adhesive is not considered a positive locking mechanism.
- T 10.2.3 – A minimum of two full threads must project from any lock nut.
- T 10.2.4 – All spherical rod ends and spherical bearings on the steering or suspension must be in double shear or captured by having a screw/bolt head or washer with an outer diameter that is larger than the spherical bearing housing inner diameter.