We’re Back!

After a long vacation there is a new team ready to take on the challenge of completing the Bluefinger! While all hope on finishing the car was lost due to the Coronavirus outbreak, there were still some little things that could be done. In this post we will show you these little things, as well as the progress that has been made before the outbreak.

The biggest progress that has been made is connecting the different bodypanels in a more permanent way. We installed nine clamps that connect the three pieces together. This way the car can be disassembled with two people in a short amount of time. The second thing that has been done is the wheel wells in carbon fiber. These will be protecting the driver and the sensitive electronics. In this picture you can see the floor of the car. This panel is bolted to the frame. In addition to the carbon fiber wheel wells we installed some ventilation to keep the driver cool on a hot day.

The next picture shows the freshly installed windows, which are made of polycarbonate. This material is both lightweight and very safe in case of a crash. Our dashboard has been moved to the side, to allow for more visibility. The steering wheel is placed as low as possible for the same reason. This wheel is mounted to a quick release coupling, making getting in and out of the car a little bit easier and quicker.

This year we have plans to finish the car and test as much as possible. To finish the car there is still a lot of work that has to be done to be able to compete in the Shell Ecomarathon. For example, we need to mount mirrors, front and rear lights, a horn, windscreen wipers and a bunch of other little bits.

The new team consists of 2th and 3th year mechanical and electrical engineering students. We hope to give more information about the people behind this project and the different things they are goning to be working on in a future post. Of course we are gratefull for the sponsors we are able to have on this project. They give us a lot of information and parts that are used on the car. We have already made contact with some of these sponsors that have supported us last year, such as JENG and JODIWO.

We will inform you on the progress of the car on this site and our social media channels as much as possible. See you there!

“Bedrijfsprojectweek” – February update

During the Windesheim “Bedrijfsprojectweek” or company project week, we worked fulltime on the Bluefinger, and here are the results:

The shell is almost completed with functioning doors and front window, we made incredible progress on our carbon fiber disk wheels, and the steering system has been almost completely rebuilt out of carbon fiber.


The carbon fiber shell


Prototyping foam cores for the carbon fiber disk wheels

Meet the new team

New year, new team!

With 14 2nd year students, the new Blue Racing Team aims to continue the previous team’s work. This year, we won’t only participate in the Shell Eco-marathon. We will also be the first in our class.


From left to right: Martijn, Dominic, Lukas, Lucien, Emiel, Aron, Roël, Marco, the other Marco, Sander, Jesse, Guido and Ewout

 

 

Bad news

Sadly we have to announce that the Blue racing team won’t be able to take part in the Shell Eco-marathon of 2019. To ensure the quality of the car and safety of our team we have decided to postpone our participation to the Shell Eco-marathon of 2020.

We concluded that it was too dangerous and too risky to finish the hull within the current time available.

We would like to thank our sponsors, and wish the best of luck to all teams participating in the Shell Eco-marathon of 2019.

See you next year!

 

Design – Blue finger

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We’re proud to present the design of our new car.

 

Past semester there have been a lot of developments within the Blue Racing Team. With the start of the new schoolyear (2018-2019) there is a start of a new team.

This year the team consists of 19 members, they are students of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Product design and Technical Business Adminitration.

This year we’re building a new car with a good foundation en all of the knowledge of last year.

During the first semester a design has been made for the new car. The first part of production started in February. Of which we soon can show some pictures.

SEM 2018 update

Hello from hot and sunny London!

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Driving on the track
Today is the first day of the race so we want to update you on how everything goes!        So first things first, we arrived in London on Sunday evening, we build our camp for the coming week. On Monday we checked into the paddock and build this place up aswell.

Then on Tuesday technical inspection started, a little bit sooner than expected. But fortunately we were ready, within the day we were approved for the track, as first Dutch team this year!

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Happy team after getting through Technical and Safety inspections
Wednesday was the first test day. We got in line early so we were the very first team who set wheels on the track. We did three runs and a total laps of 30 laps. Thursday we had the last two test possibilities, here we did 25 laps.  Everything went quite smoothly

Thursday was the first race day. With the experience of the previous days we were quite confident in our car and the outcome. The first heat was one to qualify and make sure that we are able to come back to the Shell Eco Marathon next year. For the second heat we made some alterations to the car, this paid of a little bit. Now we’re preparing for the last two heats.

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Bringing the car from the paddock to the track
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Car on track
 

7 days to SEM

In a mere week we will be in London where we will compete for the most sustainable car in the Urban Concept, Battery Electric category.

In the last few weeks we did a lot of testing and finetuning on our Blue Bolt.

First of all, we got a new hoisting system, which makes it safer to get the car in and out of our workplace.

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On June 8th we had a testing day in Lelystad with 5 other Dutch SEM teams. Unfortunately we could only drive 1 lap because of the rain. Here is some footage of that lap:

Green Team Twente was impressed by our car!
Greenteam met Blue Bolt

Last week and this week we did the last bit of finetuning on the car.

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On May 31st we had an expo at our sponsor Provincie Overijssel.

Blue Bolt at Provincie Overijssel

On June 20th we had an expo at our sponsor Axxor.

Axxor

On June 20th we were able to drive our car to the event itself. Making its first kilometers on the road.

 

Tonight we have our final endurance test after which we will start packing for London!