As we get closer to race day, your build is developing, and the finish line is in sight! If you’re looking for a spot on the podium, it’ll take more than just some good luck. We asked some of our tech team for their top tips to a winning vehicle. Check them out…
Tips from Keith
EVolocity tech team
Pre-scrutineering is just around the corner now. I’d highly recommend investing the time to put together a timeline with pre-scrutineering and regional finals as key dates.
Organize the work you have left in order of priority, and estimate how much time each task will take you. Once you’ve done this, you can put it on the timeline. This will allow you to see when you are falling behind on certain tasks, and decide on which tasks you can skip to ensure that you are ready for pre-scrutineering, and have a working vehicle for race day!
Pay attention to gearing.
The standard class kit comes with a built-in gearbox, and a free-wheeling sprocket. It’s designed for use as an e-Bike conversion kit. Think about how the application is different in a fully electric EVolocity vehicle, and what this means for the gearing – the trade-off is torque vs speed. Which of these should you increase and which can be sacrificed? What’s the easiest way to go about doing this?
Take care of your batteries!
If you treat your batteries well, they will perform better and so will your team! Make sure you turn up to race day with a “full tank” because batteries can put out a lot more power when they are fully charged, and this could give you the extra edge in events like the drag race.
Tips from Sam
EVolocity tech team
Regroup and Review
It’s usually about now that all of our early design choices, our little manufacturing errors, and our timeline setbacks all stack up and make all of our careful planning fall apart. We might be perfectly on track and our build is exactly as planned, but most likely we aren’t, and it isn’t.
That’s how it goes, it’s a part of the process. But it can make us unmovtivated, unfocused, and unproductive if we stay this way.
So now is a great time to revisit the drawing board and modify our original plan to get back on track.
Set goals and assign tasks
Break the big jobs into little ones and write a task list. Assign a team member to each task. You can change team member roles if you need to.
Draw up a redesign
If your design has changed, make sure you put the new one on paper and discuss it so your entire team is clear what you’re now working towards.
Keep your team together (at all costs)
You need everyone pulling their weight. Help each other with planning and task management so that everyone is making progress. Feeling like we’re making progress is critical to staying motivated.
We’re over halfway now! Keep on pushing.
Got questions for our tech team?
If you’re in a tight spot, or looking for advice on your next steps, we’re here to help – submit a technical query online here.