Simon White and Loren Wright – Bodywork and Aerodynamics
Once the chassis was complete the bodywork was able to be designed. This was done by drawing around the chassis in SolidWorks and making a number of cuts followed by other features such as fillets.
Two main factors were taken into account, driveability and aesthetics.
* In terms of driveability it was designed so there were no obstructions to the driver’s hands around the steering wheel and gear stick, and the side-pods only reach the height of the chassis so that when entering or exiting the car drivers do not damage the bodywork by applying any force to it. As well as this the bodywork hugs the chassis as closely as possible so that visibility for the driver is high.
* With regards to aesthetics the bodywork is designed to have flowing lines from the main nose into the separate side-pods. This flow will hopefully be highlighted with the use of a paintjob which is yet to be decided.
A couple of features were worked into the bodywork such as the open lower edge of the main nose (circled below). This is to allow the bodywork to be removed independently to the rest of the car, i.e. no suspension needs to be removed. This will mean that adjustments can be made to the car in-between drivers, such as pedal assembly position, reasonably quickly.
Another feature to note within the bodywork is that it follows the angle of the infuser therefore removes a pocket which air would run into causing drag. This also allows for another mounting point for the underbody and hence keeps the underbody rigid.
The side-pods have also been designed to firstly allow the relevant components to be placed within them but to also kick the air up over the back wheels so that they don’t produce turbulence when the forward forward travelling air from the tyre clashes with the rear travelling air over the side-pod.