Summer design, feat. Knuckles

August has been a busy busy month for Baja on campus! We kicked off summer work sessions on July 24. Since then we’ve been working our way inward: starting with the full-vehicle dimensions such as wheelbase, then moving inward through the design of tires, wheels, and all the unsprung components. After that, it was on to the beast that is front and rear suspension design, followed by steering geometry and damper design. Once we had tentative designs for these elements, we were able to start sketching in the nose frame to support them – which (inevitably!) led to a complete redesign of the front suspension configuration in the last week. Now that we’ve got a reasonably solid draft of the front half of the frame, it’s going into FEA this weekend, while other team members digging into the design and packaging of both the driveline and the braking system.

Our most recent frame draft for 2014 NU Baja (aka KNUCKLES)

Our most recent frame draft for 2014 NU Baja (aka KNUCKLES)