The competition is now over and the team is back in Sweden. We have had an amazing week and learned a lot.
Elba at the start line
Elba finished one lap of the eight required after the clutch to the ICE didn’t disengage properly before the mandatory stop each lap, making the resistance too great for Elba to start again. Unfortunately this was the only attempt we managed to do. Despite the result we are very happy with the enormous amount of work and effort we put in during this week and it has been an amazing experience!
Overview of a part of the track, festival area and paddocks.
Focus will now shift towards making the clutch more reliable, properly map the ICE to make it run as efficiently as possible and redesigning the cabling in the car.
Big thanks to Shell for the very well organized event and to our sponsors for making Elba possible!
Stay tuned to see how we develop Elba from here in preparation for next years competition!
Elba has now completed the safety and technical inspection and is ready for the race track!
Inspection passed, ready for the race track!
We are still having some issues with the clutch not engaging properly. Another problem is the ignition of the internal combustion engine. These issues will hopefully be resolved tomorrow so that we can perform well in the race.
The goal of today was to pass ELBA through technical inspection. Unfortunately, despite great success with the electronic control units, this was not achieved. To begin technical inspection we need to finish the door, with which we have had problems with alignments during the passed day. The door has had it’s plastic foil put on so now it matches the car and everything look amazing! We have also fitted the car with sponsor stickers and shell logos, as well as a super fast racing stripe!
The work will continue this night with the door so hopefully we will be first in line to a successful technical inspection tomorrow, which will give us time for one, or hopefully two test runs before the competition on friday and saturday!
Today we arrived in London! The work started right away with great efficiency. Things left to do before the safety inspection and competition is mounting the new door, finish the foiling of the car body and fixing the clutch ECU that is non-functional at the moment. This will most probably be finished tomorrow, since we now know that the error in the clutch ECU was a pin that was grounded when it shouldn’t. We also need to do a few more tests on the internal combustion engine and it’s ECU.
A lot has happened since the last update. Most notably we have a new internal combustion engine that we have modified. A test rig has been built for the engine where we will identify important parameters for our model of the car.
Speaking of models, the plant model of the car has been improved and can now be simulated with the track in London. Aside from simulations we also went for a test drive IRL outside the Integrated Transport Research Lab here at KTH to verify the previous system and let our driver get used to the car.
Alex test driving the car
Furthermore we have streamlined the auxiliary power system to make it more robust and the design for the new clutch is underway.