Road to UTEP 4/22/14

This morning we finished up the last details on the body work, fired up the Briggs & Stratton engine and loaded the car and as much of our shop as we could into the trailer. A two day drive will bring us to the University of Texas, El Paso, the host of the 2014 Baja SAE West competition. The team has shown a lot of dedication over the past 6 months and it’s time for us to enjoy the fruits of our labor.
20140422_182918 20140422_182928 Everything on the to-do list crossed off!TODOLIST The whole team would like to thank our sponsors for all of their support getting us to this point and enabling us to take this trip. Couldn’t have done it without you!20140422_181832

We now have steering! 4/18/14

The steering rack, shaft, wheel and tie rods are installed. We made steering rack extensions to improve frame interference at full lock and help with bump steer.

20140417_172942 (1) Thanks to Mike Akahori for the steering wheel donation!20140419_120333

We also have a custom 3D printed Gunrock shift knob thanks to the Engineering Student Startup Center here at UC Davis. It’s a perfect fit in the palm of your hand and looks great!
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Beginning the Rear Suspension

We’ve made good progress on the semi-trailing arms over the past two weeks. They should be finished with one week to spare before competition.

Design by Jared Teifel:trailingarmrender Kyle Olson (Left) and Jared Teifel (Right) plasma cut the uprights and struggle with Windows 9520140325_110258 20140325_131940 20140325_170051 Wheel Bearing housings20140326_163626

Bending the trailing armsIMG_8652 20140403_164823Checking the fit
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Front Suspension progress

In March we finalized the design for our unequal length A-arms and they are almost entirely fabricated.

Design by Abraham Kezirian
aarmrenderBoring out the Ball Joint housings
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1966903_10152690644163032_1552721902_n Abe (freshman teammate) will be the team’s allstar welder by his senior yearIMG_8650Suspension tabs will be the final addition
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3/5/14 Gearing up for competition

Our 2014 competition is being held at the University of Texas, El Paso on April 24 – 27th. Our designs are being finalized and we’ve received our parts and materials so let the building begin! We have less than 2 months left to finish fabricating our car, so stay tuned for a look at our final CAD models and fabrication process.20140305_164305