Perseverance on the Face of Adversity

Perseverance on the Face of Adversity

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Forward, the Light Brigade !

All major mechanical modification work on the engine is complete. While predictions on mileage at this stage would be hugely premature and speculative, suffice it to say that it makes all the right noises and is technically eons advanced from the old engine. The next step is to fit it with all it' s electronic components under the guidance of our friends at Race Dynamics.

Earlier this month 5 members of the team were accorded the rare privilege of a visit to General Electric's breathtaking John F Welsh Technology Center for a discussion on the project with some of the best minds from GE. The session was extremely insightful and the team gained a considerable amount of useful input. We hope and believe that this is the start of what will be a long and mutually benificial partnership with GE.

A prototype chassis has been built completely and is found to be lighter than the previous model and better able to sustain loads. However upon analysis it was found that the design could be further optimized and therfore a new and improved model of the chassis is in the pipeline. Efforts are also on to identify a lighter plate material.

Our heartfelt gratitude to CD Adapco for the CFD Training program conducted by them for 3 team members. The program was extremely enlightening and the knowledge gained can be put to good use in the project.

Finally, Project Garuda has been nominated for the 'Rotary Young Achiever's Award', the presentation is scheduled for the 29th of this month. Fingers crossed for that...