Week 15: Hole in One!
Tuesday was the start of the largest sub-assembly of the car: after precise measurements, the first two halves of the monocoque have been glued together. Hereafter, the glue-line between the two halves has been laminated for an even stronger connection.Now the monoque is a whole, Wednesday, Chief Chassis Jonas and Chief Suspension Lukas started drilling holes in the monocoque, for later assembly of the geometry and other parts. It is very important that the holes are perfectly positioned towards each other because we want our calculations to correspond with reality as much as possible.
Wednesday, Chief Drivetrain Paul has visited Hankamp Gears in Enschede to pick up the first batch of gears to be used in the DUT12. Because Hankamp has produced our gears with such high precision we will expect almost no loss of energy due to friction in our gearbox.
During his travel through the Netherlands Paul decided to also visit the NLR in Amsterdam to fetch the carriers of our front transmission. In one day Paul got himself almost the whole front transmission of the DUT12, Nice work Paul, and many thanks to NLR and Hankamp gears!
Wednesday we also received our ECU assembled by NXP in Nijmegen. NXP sponsored us different components for the ECU and soldered these on the circuit boards by V-PS. The ECU is the brain of the DUT12, for this reason it is essential to be of the highest quality.
The production of the car is going prosperous, but we will have to keep on going to get the car finished on time. Happily we have a very motivated team that, in spite of the ongoing exams, is not avoiding het Hok at all.