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Sunday, January 18th, 2004 at 11:16 AM
Maize & Blue Test Chassis
by Furqan Nazeeri
in Furqan Nazeeri
In late 1991, we wanted to test out the concept of putting the driver in front of the front wheels, which served to improve the aerodynamics of the vehicle. To test this we built the "test chassis" and this is a photo of Jeff Reece driving the contraption on a test track.
This test chassis was instrumental in our success, not from the simple fact of validating the design concept, but in allowing us to gain experience at the component level of many designs. We avoided a lot of "novice mistakes" in the final vehicle as a result of this. My favorite mistake on the test chassis was a misalignment of the drive train and suspension which caused the rear end of the vehicle to "buck in the air" whenever the driver pressed the accelerator. ...