The jobs for today were supposed to be putting more of car back together. That was too boring so I started pulling more things apart instead.
One of the first things was to pull out the accelerator pedal and make some changes to it. The pedals that I build were quite close together, as there is limited foot space with the motor pushed back so far. I have now had 3 cases where I’ve hit the accelerator with the side of my foot when going for the brake – the worst one at wanneroo at 190km/hr that made me run off the track, over the sand and almost into the wall, were it not for a rally style flick in the dirt to get the car to turn parallel to the wall, just before I was going to hit it.
So, the pedal came out and I modified it to move it further to the right, away from the brake. As it turns out, there was plenty of space left in this area so it was an easy change.
Next, I was supposed to finish cleaning out the inside of the car – that was too boring so I cut the drivers side door up and made a lexan (plastic) window instead. The door is now 1/2 the weight that it was. I still need to fill it with foam and make an inner panel for it (for crash protection)
Its not perfect, the next one needs to be better, but I did learn a lot from it.
This is the new door opener. Nice light bit of alloy. The same handle can be used from inside and outside of the car.
Next on the list was to clean up all the wiring and other items under the dash, and make a new mount to hold the center console, as the dash cover is now gone. But again that wasn’t sounding too interesting, so I made more changes to the rear aerodynamics – difuser strakes.
For the rear difuser to work well, it needs to have the airflow in it flowing in a nice straight line. Things like rear wheels spinning nearby hurt this airflow, meaning that you don’t get the same levels of downforce. On this years car I had not got as far as making these, so I started.
Looking from the side of the car, this fence keeps the air inside the tunnel separate from the swirling air that’s exiting behind the rear wheels. The cut-out behind the wheel is to get the air that’s being picked up from the back edge of the tyre from being pushed up into the top of the wheel arch – creating lift – which is bad for aero performance.
From underneath the car you can see the fence that’s separating the tyres from the tunnel.
Once I have a setup that I am happy with the performance of, I’m going to make a fibreglass version out of a single piece, to make sure that its all smooth. Having rivets etc sticking out is not good for air flow.
Some more veiws, this first one from the rear of the car looking at the tunnel to the back of the rear tyre.
Another side view
After that the night was getting on, the F1 race had finished and it was time to leave the shed and go to bed. That was lucky, cause next on the list was some more boring stuff!