Camber Racing’s CR14 at the Supra SAE 2014

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First Day update

The 1st day of SUPRA SAE 2014 started with an opening ceremony. The ceremony witnessed the esteemed officials of SAE India talking about the journey so far in SUPRA SAE. Team Camber Racing enjoyed much of the attention of the media who had come to cover the event. It was soon followed by driver’s briefing where drivers from every team were briefed the dynamic events and rules and procedures associated to it.

As the team was preparing itself for design and innovation review, the team was also gearing up for the next two stickers simultaneously. The team entered the inspection pit for the noise test at 3:00pm. The noise test verifies if the noise from the engine is below the 110dB level. The team easily passed the noise test at 108dB.

The team soon entered the racetrack within 30mins for the brake test. The test consists of accelerating cars down the test course to the brake point and then slamming on the brakes. All 4 wheels must lock and the car must stop in a reasonably straight line. The team initially failed in its first attempt as the vehicle speed couldn’t reach 40kmph speed. The team successfully cleared the test in its second attempt by locking all its wheels at 41kmph.

The team then at 4:30pm entered the design and innovation pit. After a half an hour of queries by the design judges which were successfully answered by the team members, the team also cleared the design and innovation event without any glitch.

Overall by the end of the day, the team continued its tradition of leading the event by being the first team to obtain all three stickers. The team is hopeful of outperforming in the dynamic events as well.

Zeroth Day Update

26 members with 2 years of perspiring hard work united by a common goal: Defending the National Championship title shall now be put test. The team entered the paddock along with its show stealer CR14 with high spirits ready to compete against 99 engineering colleges. On the zeroth day, the team had their technical test, tilt test, cost estimation event and business plan presentation event lined up. Reputed professionals from the automobile and motorsport industry are invited to judge the events that follow for the 4 day event.

The technical inspection involves the technical scrutiny of the vehicle in order to check if the fulfills the rules listed in the SUPRA event’s rulebook. The team entered the pits for technical inspection at around 12pm. The team was asked to do some minor changes and revert back to the inspection pit. The team again entered the pits at 4pm. Being the second team to clear inspection, the team soon geared up for the tilt test. At the tilt test the vehicle is inclined at 45degrees and 60 degrees to check for any leakages. The team successfully cleared the tilt test without an issue.

The cost estimation event is where the team are judged upon the basis of the cost so as to check for the optimal usage of resources in cheapest and efficient manner with best possible form of engineering. The business plan presentation involves pitching the idea of formula motorsport vehicle manufacturer to the event’s judges assumed to be the venture capitalists and angel investors.

Chennai-based SRM University’s Camber Racing have launched its challenger for this year’s Supra SAE 2014 championship, the CR14. The car was revealed at an auditorium at SRM University on the 13th of July by its Director Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan and the head professor of automobile engineering, Dr. Leenus Jesu Martin.

Camber Racing CR14 launch
SRM University Director (E&T) Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan and the HOD of automobile engineering, Dr. Leenus Jesu Martin inspect the just-launched CR14.

Speaking in great detail about the formation of the car and the challenges that the team met during the development of what is the department’s fourth racing vehicle, SRM university alumni Dr. Martin, a guiding force for all SRM engineers who partake in SAE-governed events for the last five years, and whose brainchild is Camber Racing, said that the students proved their worth in the 2012 edition by winning the championship, and will come out with big expectations at this year’s event which is to be held between the 17th and 20th of July at the MMSC race track in Chennai.

Dr. Muthamizhchelvan spoke highly of the department and its co-curricular activities, adding that the program would help students gain necessary experience before they start their professional careers.

Camber racing plans to pitch its challenger to the judges at the static event as a premium leisure car. The single seater is designed mostly with custom made parts such as the steering system, brake discs, suspension dampers and and wheel assembly. The team started with the goal to build a lighter and stronger vehicle than past creations, and therefore used carbon fiber and aluminium in its construction. To maintain confidentiality of the car’s engineering secrets, IAB can only reveal that the vehicle has shed a quarter of last year’s weight reading, which undeniably will help improve its standing in the dynamic event. Some of this weight saving came from using a lighter frame, and an in-house designed compact suspension system that also improves the aesthetics of the car.

Team Camber Racing for 2014
With a lighter and more technically advanced vehicle, Team Camber racing looks poised for its second SAE Supra championship this year.

Team captain Ratna Mithyesh who spoke to IAB on the sidelines of the event, said every aspect of the car was thoroughly reviewed. He said failures that thwarted the team from succeeding in previous attempts were studied and the necessary corrective actions such as larger brakes that match to the car’s specifications and more potent wheel hubs, were designed on the 2014 car.

The team already has its priority areas outlined for next year’s race, and an even lighter and faster car is promised by them. Mithyesh says perfection is a moving target and that his juniors, who were part of the design and fabrication, already have their way points marked out in achieving a better car in 2015.

Launch of Camber Racing’s CR14 – Image Gallery

Camber Racing on the web and social media

You can also follow Camber racing through the following social media links

Twitter: twitter.com/camberracing

Facebook: facebook.com/camberracing

Website: camberracing.com

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