Jackets Racing

Impact Attenuator.

February 19, 2010

The journey has been long and rough, but we have prevailed. There were problems with the test setup, accelerometer, o-scope, attenuators, and to top it all off we were snowed in for 3 days. It seemed as though when we solved one problem another one popped up. I suppose that is what a lot of this Formula project is all about. Things taking longer than they should, Plans A, B, and C all falling through, and copious amounts of team effort. I will attempt to show our trials throughout the past few weeks through a few pictures.


Our first nieve attempts at I.A. (note there are 8 samples not 4)


Setting up the barrel

The powerhouse that hoisted the 300kg beast

MOR/ryde saves the day!
February 14, 2010

A gigantic thank you is in order for Jackets Racing sponsor MOR/ryde International.
MOR/ryde has sponsored Jackets Racing for a number of years and this year they were able to laser cut our suspension brackets, ARB levers, brake rotors, bell cranks, and a number of other pieces amounting to a grand total of 130 parts. Not only were they able to provide us with all these parts but they were able to send us our order a day early and entirely FREE

Founded in 1966, MOR/ryde International has provided rubber suspension system for a variety of applications including recreational vehicles, specialty trailers, school buses, transit buses and specialty vehicles. Developed with performance and reliability in mind, the MOR/ryde suspension provides a smooth ride, excellent stability and requires minimum maintenance. These benefits are backed by a commitment to customer service and satisfaction.

Shown below are some pictures of all our parts.

Some of the parts before being handed out

Ben's rotor with his top hat

More of the parts

Close up of one of the bell cranks

We are one step closer to meeting our March 1st deadline thanks to MOR/ryde. We could not have done it without you.
23 Days and Counting...

February 5, 2010

23 days until our deadline to have the car assembled. Everyone on the team is kicking it into high gear to make it happen putting in lots of hours every day of the week. A quick update on recent activity This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it finished the rear uprights (knuckles) for wheel assembly this morning, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it is melting the wax out of the carbon fiber intake right now, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it is working on getting the frame all welded, and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it is working on the foam inserts (provided by Ohio Willow Wood) for the carbon fiber rims.

- Wes Muntz

Brian's rear upright in the CNC

Finished side one. Now for the other side...

Wheel Hubs

January 28, 2010

Dustin Winchester's wheel hubs came in today! Thanks to our good friends at Manchester Tool and Die we were able to get them quick and even got them heat treated. One step closer to a finished car...

- Wes Muntz

All four on display

Side view of a rear hub

Super Update!

January 22, 2010

Like I said via twitter, sorry for not posting last night as I promised but I'm making it up to you with lots of pictures of the progress we have been making. If you have any questions or comments feel free to email the members of the team by going to the current team tab and clicking on the name of the person you wish to talk to.

- Wes

I know you've been seeing a lot of the top hats but I promise it's Ben's last one.

Ben so excited to be wrapping up his work on the CNC mill

The beast that has been working non stop lately

Brakes and Top Hats

January 15, 2010

Ben Beall made some great progress yesterday on the top hats for the braking system. He was up late into the night on the CNC. As long as we keep this up we are going to make our March 1st deadline of having the car run under it's own power!

Starting the top hat

Close up of the top hat

Ben Beall showing off his masterpieces

Close up of two of the four top hats


January 14, 2010

The frame is in! We're all excited on how much time it's going to save us this year! Cartesian Tube Profiling was able to give us a pretty good discount as well.

The New Frame Cut by Cartesian Tube Profiling

Twitter and Frame

January 8, 2010

The Jackets Racing team is now on twitter!
Just click the tab on our page to get current up to the minute news.

We also want everyone to know that our frame is back from Cartesian Tube Profiling and it is ready to be assembled!

- Wes Muntz

Design Phase Complete

December 15, 2009

With a lot of hard work and determination the team has completed the assembly of the car in Solidworks and is entering into the manufacturing stage. There has been a lot of blood, sweat and tears put into the project so far, well, maybe not any tears. We are continuing to work hard even after classes have ended and finals are finished. Work will continue over most of the break to achieve our goal of having the car constructed and running by March 1. We found the design phase to be challenging and rewarding, we expect the manufacturing phase to be no different.



November 17, 2009

The drivetrain team set out with many challenges and goals this year. The designing of the knuckles were done from scratch due to re-designing of the suspension system. This was a challenging but fun task. It required working closely with the suspension, brake and hub design team members. The design went through many iterations until the final design was reached. Finite Element Analysis was performed on the knuckles using Algor. The factor of safety of the front knuckle is 2.6 and weighs approximately 2.4 pounds.

- Brian Blocher

Front Knuckle Design

November 16, 2009

The design of the rotors was not a quick or easy job. There were many factors that had to be looked into for the design such as the weight of the car that the brakes needed to stop, the size of the wheels that the rotors were to be packaged in, the manufacturability of the assembly, the size of the calipers, and the hydraulic pressure in the lines required to lock all the wheels just to name a few. We went through multiple iterartions to finalize the design we have now. The final design includes four outboard disc brakes and incorporates the use of a top hat with a floating rotor. They are shown in the figures below.

- Ben Beall

Front Rotor
Top Hat
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