Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Electrical and Body Engineering Updates - Computer and Wheel Bearing

Now that our E320 has been sent off for reverse engineering of the engine management system in an effort to pull out the ancillary systems to just running the engine (anti-theft, window controls etc.), a critical part of fitting the new system into the Rally Fighter will be identifying which Benz components will stay, and those that will have to be added. One thing that will more than likely need to stay is the computer. Therefore just like with the pedal assemblies from my last post, it was required to draw the computer and enter it into the 3D model for packaging. Later, it will be paired up with the remaining wiring once the system has been stripped down to the minimum equipment required to run the engine.

A critical part of determining the final body shape is the suspension geometry and making sure that everything will fit under the wheel wells both at ride height and at full compression. As I've mentioned, we will be simulating the suspension travel in our model and already have with a mockup suspension, but now that we have the actual components that we will use in the Rally Fighter, I have been drawing/scanning them and getting them ready for the model and the simulation. The image below is the wheel bearing/hub assembly which was drawn from measuring the actual part and it will be mated to the spindle, which was scanned then entered into solidworks due to its more complex geometry.


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