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April 17, 2014
In the past couple weeks we have had our first few test days and have been quite pleased. Our first test day was at Sonoma Raceway (thank you Sonoma Raceway for letting us use the Turn 7 runoff area!) where we had a few electrical errors towards the start of the day, but were able to put in a large amount of time testing after those were resolved. Untuned, B14 got skidpad times that would have beat those of B13 at competition! We ran for most of the day until one of the carbon half shafts broke when a driver spun out during skidpad. We suspect that the reverse braking load is strong enough to break our axles. We are running calculations to determine the best solution to our problem.
Primarily wanting to do engine tuning and electrical sensor calibration, we also had a test day on the quiet streets around our garage. We ended the day by doing the competition brake test (you need to be able to lock up all four wheels) at which point we shattered our rear rotor. We are in the process of determining the cause and will redesign accordingly.
This weekend we look forward to more testing, both at our garage and hopefully with the SJSU Formula SAE team.
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