Since Sam is trying to catch up on all the real work he'd been putting off for buggy, I'll throw out a few topics that came up in conversations in different sets of alumni over Carnival. Maybe those who couldn't be present have their 2 cents to add.
PiKA has shown they can build a standard trike that's as fast downhill as their reverse trikes. I can't recall another team in the modern era that has been able to compare good buggies of both types head-to-head. Will they find the answer to the age-old question of which configuration is better for going uphill?
SigEp, for whatever reason, had the hatch on one of their buggies open during design. In years past there would've been a crowd of other mechanics staring at any uncovered buggy, but I didn't see many non-alumni taking a look. Are people just not curious what other teams came up with? Or do they already know everything SigEp could be doing? Or did I just miss the crowd?
What did Fringe get right with Bonsai to get such an improvement with a buggy that looks similar to its predecessor? (or perhaps, what did they get wrong with Borealis?).
Is the SN driver's head injuries something peculiar to that buggy, or is it something that could happen in any buggy that crashes the same way? If so, are people comfortable with that?
We've gotten used to seeing oversteer spins. We never see its understeer counterpart, except perhaps when PiKA goes mysteriously sliding into the outer bales while trying to turn. Maybe it happens more often but we never notice because the wheels are hidden in fairings?