This year’s car was built on a platform of reliability and validation in order to mitigate previous design issues. An updated, more aggressive timeline allowed us to stress test the car numerous times, as well as give our drivers hours of experience behind the wheel.
This year’s car and all the hard work that went into it is dedicated to Whitley Russo, a loyal alumnus of the team who tragically passed away in 2016.
Unique design elements include wireless telemetry, undertray, and a bigger hammer in honor of recently retired machine shop director Pat Harkins.
In 2015, an emphasis was placed on optimizing the designs of previous years and acquiring data that could be utilized in order to develop a better understanding of the dynamics of our vehicle. For the first time, we collected data from both wheel speed sensors and shock-pots to be analyzed in suspension tuning.