RIT is one of the few teams in the entire Formula SAE competition that designs and manufactures a completely custom brake system. Initial concepts are tested through thermal simulation, then validated with dynamometer/on-car testing.
From the structural design of the pedal box to brake pad characterization, a broad range of techniques are employed to create this safety-critical subsystem.
Designed yearly from the ground up, the chassis is a monocoque design focusing on a torsional rigidity, minimal weight, and ergonomics. The dimensions of our competitive drivers are considered to optimize their safety and efficiency.
The suspension is designed specifically for the demands of autocross, including quick maneuvering, acceleration, and deceleration.
The team starts with a motorcycle engine, then designs a fuel-injection system, as well as the intake and exhaust. The intake and exhaust designs and then tested on one of two in-house dynamometers.
This group also designs the auxiliary systems for the engine including fuel, cooling, and shifting.
At the heart of the drivetrain is an RIT modified Torvec Iso-Torque limited slip style gear set in a custom RIT-designed housing. Also, to transmit torque, the drivetrain uses unequal length, equal twist driveshafts in addition to GKN constant velocity joints.
Power is transmitted from the engine by a custom 7075 aluminum alloy rear sprocket using a 520 class chain.
RIT started implementing aerodynamic components into their vehicles starting in 2008. This required the creation of a group devoted to the analysis and design of our aero package. This position is responsible for designing and testing the undertray as well as aiding in the design of other components such as the throttle and intake system.
This group is devoted to making the car go faster. Starting in the design phase with suspension geometry then moving to testing in the spring this group optimizes the performance of RIT's car. Responsible for our data acquisition system, vehicle dynamics is also charged with providing data to other groups that request it.
Electronic components are becoming more and more prevalent in each iteration of RIT's FSAE contribution. The system is designed to integrate seamlessly into the chassis while maintaining a low system weight and total reliability.
A lithium-ion battery will be implemented this year for the first time, along with improvements in component selection.