December 6, 2009
The team has been working away on both the vehicles. Since our last post:
There are now officially one of 43 teams in the race for $10 million dollars, of which, only 2 are universities.
We are currently in the final stages of assembling Viking 45 into a rolling chassis as well as mounting the hybrid drivetrain in the engine bay, so we are looking forward to seeing it rolling around the shop soon!
We are beginning dynamic testing on Viking 40's drivetrain using our in house chassis dynamometer and we will have video up as soon as we can.
Also, we have a few more sites for you to check out more updates and pictures on how the team is doing:
And if you haven't seen our official site yet, be sure to check it out at:
June 17, 2009
Good work to all who helped!
April 8, 2009
Now for an update on the car’s suspension; we have been working on a design for a new lightweight composite suspension which will dramatically decrease the un-sprung mass on the vehicle improving both ride quality and handling. Since our entire vehicle is very low mass the mass of the wheels, tires and suspension has more effect on the ride quality and handling than it would on a heavier car. The suspension design is essentially done and a few test parts have already been made, this quarter we will be working on fabrication of the molds to build the parts as well as making the parts themselves. By the end of the quarter I hope to have several sets of suspension tested and ready for use on a driving vehicle.
That’s all for now
March 31, 2009
When I joined the team, it became apparent rather quickly that I was going to be working with the hybrid system. The Vehicle Design students only have a basic knowledge of electronics to work on current vehicles. At least in my major I get to blow up a few components and possibly shock myself before I go out into the field.
There are many great attributes to the X Prize team. One is the experience. I am part of an international competition to build a realizable 100 mile per gallon vehicle. Not only does it have to meet all Department of Transportation standards, it have to marketable with a successful business plan. I have to communicate with multiple team leads, the student workers, the general public, and eventually competition judges. And this paragraph is what everyone on the team gets to say at their post graduate interview.
One of the greatest facts is who we are in this competition. When it is looked at, we are just some college in the northwest with student workers. We are not some multimillion dollar company with experienced professional engineers being paid to build this. When we are out promoting the team and get asked “How do you feel about your chances in the competition?” The answer is: we are feeling great.
February 23, 2009
This a great experience because it is challenging to develop a business plan for a product that is still evolving. Each aspect relies on other aspects in a continuous circle with countless manufacturing details to be addressed, many options for an organizational structure, and a very specific customer base that must be targeted. On top of that we need specific costs for everything. But the fact is the without the quality work from the VRI team, this project would not even exist. It is amazing that students from our school can develop a professional vehicle that will compete internationally against some of the greatest engineers in the world.
-Paul Iverson, Business Team
February 3, 2009
This blog is a space for members of the team to share new information, stories, experiences and updates to anyone and everyone interested in what we are doing.
Who we are:
The WWU X PRIZE team has developed a prototype that can use a variety of powertrain options to meet regional market objectives for fuel efficiency, cost and reduced emissions. The vehicle structure uses composite materials to form large, lightweight structures to meet safety and weight targets while reducing manufacturing costs. A unique production process enables the team to produce parts with reduced cycle times. Front, side and roll-over protection is provided by large energy absorbing crumple zones and a strong safety cell for passengers.
The WWU X PRIZE team is comprised of three separate teams. The vehicle team, based in the VRI, consists of engineering students from vehicle design, plastics, composites, and manufacturing specializations. These students are doing all the engineering, manufacturing, and testing of vehicle related portions of this project. The business team, which is comprised mainly of students from the business management department, is writing the professional business and marketing plans. The Marketing/Public Relations/Fundraising team is comprised of students from the communication and journalism departments. They work with the business team on the development of the marketing plan as well as the pubic relations and fundraising campaigns.