The bike team loaded up their new bike, and hit the road around noon today, on their way to this year’s ASME East Human Powered Vehicle Challenge. Here they are loading up the bike.
With the bike and team on their way to Cookeville TN, it’s an opportune time to look back on the build of this year’s entry: Tempest.
Evan getting the router ready to cut the mold for the fork.
The plug in the process of being finished.
The plug in half of the mold, and preparing to lay up the second half of the mold.
With the molds done, time to lay up the shell. You can see the foam ribs that reinforce the shell and make up elements like the roll bar.
The ribs look like the CAD model.
Bruce came in from PEY to help out.
Evan with the completed shell.
You can see the transmission test fit, along with the openings for landing gear.
Figuring out mounting points for the landing gear.
Working on the canopy.
Rear view mirrors are required.
Calvin “Jr” with the transmission structure.
Lots of carbon bits and pieces this year. Here are the molds for the cranks.
Laying up the cranks.
Bill with a carbon rim
Laying up wheel discs.
One of the completed wheels.
Working on the transmission.
In the meantime, practicing masking on last year’s bike.
Cyclone, with the plug for Tempest in the background.
The seat team.
Testing the roll cage under a side load.
The bike has been ridable for a while, but there are still a few subsystems to be debugged, and that will have to happen at the meet. Wish us luck!