Saturday, April 11, 2015

Getting our Go Kart Back in Action

Today the Hot Wheelz Electrical team is re-wiring last years go kart! We are hoping to get our go kart back on track to capture some video footage and have some fun. Our  new team members are learning all about wiring an electrical system. Video footage will be coming soon, stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

SpaceX Sponsors the Hot Wheelz Team!

Back on March 16th the Hot Wheelz team had a chance to connect with representatives from SpaceX, and today we are proud to announce that SpaceX is an official sponsor of our team! Their financial support and their mentorship will only help us to succeed as a new team entering a Formula SAE competition. We are incredibly excited to welcome them to our Hot Wheelz family!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Back At It - Drive Train Team

We may have been MIA lately, but that doesn't mean we haven't been hard at work! The Hot Wheelz team has been dedicated to designing the best possible racecar we can.

The drive train team is a perfect example of the dedicated members that make up our team. Cassie, Becky, and Rachel have hard at work all semester, and we want to make sure they're hard work is recognized by all!

The team started by researching differentials in general and how everything works together. They looked at what other teams were using in both the Formula Hybrid competition and the Formula SAE competition, watched a ton of YouTube videos, made drawings and sketches, and looked through everything they could find on the internet. They broke down a drive train system into all of the smaller systems including gearing, shafts, differential, mounts, etc. From here, they decided to focus on the differential.

When focusing on the differential, they decided to research the different types and how they work. There are two types of differentials - torsen and clutchpack. Our team has decided to go with a torsen system that we will source from a specialized company. In fact, there is a local Rochester company that makes customized systems. Our team took it upon themselves to visit this company and since then we have formed a strong relationship with a very skilled company.

Not only have they analyzed the differential, but the CV joint analysis has been ongoing. The girls are looking at different options and sourcing them. A few decisions have been made, but research is ongoing. These girls want to make sure the system is strong and ready for race day.

In parallel with figuring out the differential and the CV join analysis, they have been researching different gearing options and the CV shaft.

Our drive train team is the epitome of what we hope to foster in Hot Wheelz. All of our girls work hard every day, but the drive train team has blown us away with all their hard work and accomplishments. We can't wait to see what they'll come up with next.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ready for the Spring Semester!

The Hot Wheelz team is back to work as the new semester kicks off this week. Over the winter break we reorganized our team room and rearranged it for a more collaborative work environment. Check it out!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Hot Wheelz Electric Vehicle Team is excited to announce we will be spending the next 2 years developing a Formula Electric Vehicle to compete at the Formula Hybrid Competition ( in April 2016! 

If you are an RIT Female student interested in joining the team be sure to check us out by attending a team meeting, all majors desired! See details below:

Friday, April 18, 2014

Put some back into it

After a long meeting of constructing the car, it is really coming together quite nicely.

Monday, April 14, 2014

New tie rods!? Yes please!

Our new chassis definitely needed some TLC.  Caroline,  Maura and Kristin have been working hard to change the tie rods to improve our steering.  Got to take those curves as close as possible! 

Bright Future for the New Hot Wheelz Car

The team has been very busy these past few days. We thought we'd take advantage of the weather and get outside and paint! We've given the old bumpers a face-lift and updated them in true Hot Wheelz's style.  Inside, we've also been busy getting together our power system.   

Shannon and Sydney painting the bumpers
Emily, Missy, Kelly, Cassandra, Caitlin Sarah and Kendra  working to place wiring and other parts of the electrical on the chassis.

Safety First!

To comply with the competition rules and insure our driver's safety, we've been in search of the perfect emergency switch/knob/button/thing-a-ma-jig. After searching the internet and being fruitless in our search, we've decided to make our own. Our disconnect will consist of  two wires connected by using two steel lugs. These lugs are then connect a  detach the electrically neutral gloves taped to the back of her seat and quickly remove the bolt and nut to allow for an open circuit created by disconnecting the two wires. 
NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!!!!  The Hot Wheelz team takes safety very seriously, although, as you can tell from our description of our emergency disconnect, we like to have a good laugh once in a while. We were able to find our actual emergency push button that will allow our driver to quickly and safely disconnect the batteries from the rest of the system if in a time of need. Below is the emergency disconnect we will actually be using!