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Our second day in Michigan is complete!
We started bright and early, arriving at the track at 7:30 am. Unfortunately the weather didn’t agree with us as rain was on and off all morning. This did nothing to damp our spirits though, as we headed to the design event at 8:30. We spent our alloted 45 minutes talking about both the design of the car and the workings of the only international Formula SAE/Formula Student team. In our design group (all talking to the same judges at different times throughout the day) were also the very competitive teams from the University of Stuttgart (with their 2009 car which has already won Formula Student UK, Formula Student Germany and Formula SAE Italy) and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Because only one team would be able to advance, it would be tough to advance.
Immediately after design we went to get fuel and onto the tilt table, part of tech inspection where we ensure the car will not roll in a 1.7 g cornering situation. With no problems on the tilt table, we headed to the noise test and presentation events. Both went well, and we headed to the brake test.
The day couldn’t be had without any frustration, so we saw our first problems in the brake test. Even with full brake bias to the rear, we couldn’t get the single rear brake to lock. Our driver had both feet on the brake pedal, and managed only to crack the rear caliper. We rolled back to the pits and swapped caliper and rotor.
With that we went to the cost event. The overall response of the judges was very positive and we feel we can do fairly well. After cost we headed back to the brake test and passed on the first attempt.
From there it was just playing the waiting game. We were finished with tech, finished with the first round of static events and ready to start dynamics in the morning. We waited / slept / chatted in the pits until 6:00 when the design finalists were announced.
We made it! We had only 30 minutes to get everything prepared and over to the design event. We got everything over in time and once we got our design bay, we talked to a variety of judges for 3 hours. With lots of positive feedback from the judges, we are excited to see the results!
More pictures and updates coming tonight.
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