September 2018 Update
In the last few months of the 2018 spring semester, the team continued to work hard on Renatus.
The battery storage in the car was designed and constructed. However, there was issues when connecting the batteries together. Once more of the chassis has been completed, the batteries will be installed.
We have finished constructing the steering wheel and are currently working on attaching it to the steering system along with cutting and installing the crash foam that was bought this past spring. Most of the lights going on the car have been installed including the headlights, emergency light, and the side indicators. The brake lights are being installed currently.
For the braking system, parts have been ordered and we are collaborating with the design team to implement it into the car alongside the suspension to maximize our use of the available space.
The suspension system has been manufactured at the Bechtel Innovation Design Center (BIDC) that had opened up within the past year. Many hours have been spent there learning how each of the machines work so that not only will the manufacturing process become more efficient but our more experienced members can teach the new members joining this fall. Most of the suspension has been installed into the car, and the rest will be installed alongside the brakes and shocks.
The team is looking forward to this new school year. Stay up to date with us by joining our Facebook Group at Purdue Solar Racing and on Instagram @purduesolar.