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Viridity GRT Update- February 2012

Posted by [email protected] on February 29, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Hello and a Happy New Year’s from Viridity GRT.  We would like to officially welcome this year’s team of 10 and 11 girls and kick off the season with an update on our progress!

 

Plans for the car

Along with a new team we have many new innovative ideas to change the car. First and foremost, the aim for this year’s car is to be more aero-dynamic. We plan on achieving this through many alterations:

• Carbon fibre bodywork – which will cut down on weight and even out air flow over the car

• Add a tail extension – in order to reduce drag on the car and hopefully allow us to increase motor efficiency. This should effectively work alongside a new motor cooling system and increase speed.

• Design a stronger roll bar

• Alter the steering mechanism – to make it less jumpy and more responsive. Hopefully this will give us the edge over some of the more agile cars

So far we have started work on the roll bar and the motor cooling system both of which are going well.

 

Plans for the team

A new team deserves a new uniform, so we are looking for funding in order to purchase suits as good as those used last year. After all, we have to look the part!

As well as this, a hugely important task for the team is to perfect our pit stops.

Ideally we want to reduce our time to 30 seconds which would be a new team record, and we’re sure with lots of practice we can manage it!

 

Plans for the race

The team placed 19th out of 150 teams nationally in last year’s final. This was an amazing achievement; however we aim to smash it this year! Through all of our alterations and preparation, we assure you it is possible.

To help us out on race day, we are planning on improving our intercom system, so that communications between the driver and the pits are as good as possible. We have also purchased a black box so that we can analyse the cars performance and battery situation throughout the race. 

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