May Progress Update
Our team is pushing to have our car put together in time for our wind tunnel this session in June, so we haven't had time to write up a detailed update on our progress. Almost every subsystem on the car has a finalized design at this point, and we have manufacturing queues set up here at VAIL and at our sponsors such as Gonsel's Machine Shop throughout the Bay Area. We'll have hundreds of components coalescing at the shop at the end of the month, then we'll quickly assemble everything and get Luminos to North Carolina.
Here is a video from the winter when we glued the top shell of our car on.
Here are some assorted pictures from the last few months.
Accelerator pedal carrier machined by Michael from Chris's design
Soldering solar cells.
An early motor winding trial.
Installing the 4-bar linkage a while back
Our new acrylic lenses are as clear as glass thanks to Darren.
A sample of our machined components to date. These ones haven't been de-burred or polished yet. They look even better after finishing.
Gel coating our plugs to make thermoforming molds.
"Cardinal red" after not buying enough dye.
Vacuum bagging composites once again.
Here is our electrical system on a bench. The e-team has handed over the boards for code at this point.
Test battery pack! We have almost everything to manufacture the real one soon.
This year we are integrating radio push-to-talk into the drivers steering wheel. We are also experimenting with different helmet mic and earphone setups. Here is one iteration.
We're making progress on vinyl wrapping Luminos
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