When summer rolls around we are all busy. Add on all the other things that ramp up to our build and we are a bunch of bleary eyed guys running around trying to fix everything. However with that being said, we are making progress, and lots of it!
With the main portion of our cage completed we moved on to the task of finding shock locations as well as fabricating mounts for our rear shocks. This is one of those things that when you say “oh yeah, we are going to mount the shocks today” it sounds much simpler than the actual task. After looking at tangent angles and wheel travel paths, then considering interior space, then making preliminary test mounts to feel out shock travel and check for any sort of binding, then moving on to optimizing the shock angles to make sure that nothing is pushing the limits of our spherical bearings then checking, checking again and finally taking the time to figure out the ideal way to actually create the top mount we had a lot on our hands that took a lot longer than anticipated. We have it all set now and that is the final component of the actual suspension modification. It is actually really refreshing to know that we have reached this milestone!
The next step to the process was our seat mounts. After a bit of debate on the best seat mount design we opted to keep it simple. The K.I.S.S. method is always the toughest to settle on for some reason, why it seems better to over-think is always a mystery but our mounts were created out of square tubing, angle iron and a bit of grinding and fitting. They are solid as a rock and our guys will never have to worry about their seats moving. In addition, they are actually reasonably easy to access too! You can actually get tools in there without busting a knuckle which is more than I can say for many race cars.
If you are a WRC fan you will probably know what this is about… if not… well check out the video
Evan has been working on our tank cradle. This has been his project and he has been cranking away on it the last couple days we’ve been working. Starting with a big hole cut in the front of the car he has since moved on to welding up an angle iron cradle for the tank which will fit in that hole. It is all fit and ready for a bit of sheet metal work to finish it off. In the next few days that should be all buttoned up and we will have our fuel located as well.
With all of that going on you know that we have been up to other things as well right? Working on our paint scheme is one new thing, we have also been sitting in the car making engine sounds a bit as well… Most importantly we have been working on a lot of back office things. Things like Sponsorship stuff, business stuff, organizing the parts we need to get and the parts we have. We are starting to figure out more of the logistics that we will need to contend with when we get to the races and man there are about a thousand other things that we are starting to dive into that we need to sort out. One of the most exciting is still this TV show pitch. I am sure you have seen the post on our site but if not follow this link and check out our pitch video.
We will be pushing for another Webisode soon as well so please stay tuned and I am sure you will be entertained by our team once again!