We’ve mentioned the guys from Apex Buggy a couple of times in the rolls reports. They are a group of mostly freshmen, mostly living in a new dorm called “The Residence on 5th” or “The Rez” for short. Despite being on campus for only a few months, they’ve done an impressive amount of work towards starting a team including soliciting design and build advice from anyone that will talk, and doggedly seeking funding from private donations, and the various official channels. They are also the organization that recently inspired us to once again consider making seed grants to new orgs (see the New Org Grants thread in our project zone), a discussion we haven’t yet concluded.
Anyhow, they’ve secured enough funding to get going and they’re currently planning their first build for the winter months. Now’s our chance to help out. Apex front-man Connor e-mailed me asking some specific questions, but I’d like to use the opportunity to generally improve our informational resources for new teams. If you’re reading this, you know a thing or two that could help a new team. Take a moment and either:
- Edit one of the Reference pages below to share generally-useful buggy info with the community
- Email email@example.com with tips or suggestions and we’ll do the ground work of sharing them with Apex and adding them to the Reference section
- Email Apex’s front-man Connor directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to get your advice straight to the customer
- Post a comment on this post with your favorite tip or trick for building a buggy or getting to raceday with limited funds.
- “At the moment we need carbon fiber, a vacuum pump, and a vacuum bag. Those are the big 3
things to get started. Do you know any alumni specifically who could help us get those materials for good prices?”
- “If there is anyone out there who wants to talk to us about carbon fiber, lay-up schedules, directional weaknesses, twill vs straight weave and all of that stuff it would be greatly appreciated.”
Reference Section pages to work on
These pages are just beginning. Anything you can add in terms of which tools and materials are most important, good suppliers for critical materials, or cheap and clever substitutes for expensive specialty tools and materials would be super helpful!
Good luck Apex, hope to see you out in February.