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Raceday 2011 open questions

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Raceday 2011 open questions

Postby shafeeq » Sat Apr 23, 2011 6:54 pm

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?

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Re: Raceday 2011 open questions

Postby Barnaby » Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:47 pm

What were the SigNu driver's injuries, I never heard anything official, just rumors? I don't think you can fully eliminate danger from buggy, but we need to keep it safe enough that the school doesn't come down on it like they have booth the last couple of years.

Understeer is always harder to see, particularly since most org's lines don't take them very close to the outer bales so they just scrub off speed till they can make the turn. It wouldn't surprise me if some buggies do understeer and thats why they don't make it through the chute as well as others, but i doubt it will ever be as visibly commonplace as the oversteer slides are right now.

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Re: Raceday 2011 open questions

Postby Carl Nott » Sun Apr 24, 2011 11:26 am


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Re: Raceday 2011 open questions

Postby Zatchmo » Sun Apr 24, 2011 11:40 am


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Re: Raceday 2011 open questions

Postby danjben » Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:35 pm


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Re: Raceday 2011 open questions

Postby jixson » Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:12 am


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Re: Raceday 2011 open questions

Postby blue » Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:25 am

And here I was thinking we decided to be nice and share the design comp trophy love--take a year off between collecting Design Comp Pong sets and all. Might as well shift our efforts over towards a Championship Plate Pong set, and all that.


PS: I'm trying to be funny, not a complete a**. If I fail miserably at that, sorry for hurting your very sensitive feelings.

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Re: Raceday 2011 open questions

Postby rlbrowne » Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:43 am


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Re: Raceday 2011 open questions

Postby Carl Nott » Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:52 am

Gotta say, I'm having trouble fighting the temptation to make a massive donation to buggy for the purpose of providing a gigantic trophy to the t-shirt design winner.

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Re: Raceday 2011 open questions

Postby jixson » Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:57 am



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