Chassis: Brand new chassis for increased stiffness and better component integration
Brakes: 10lbs shaved off the brakes system
Drivetrain: 10lbs shaved off the drivetrain
Suspension: Redesigned suspension for increased handling
Motor: Brand new electric motor: YASA-400
Batteries: Redesigned battery pack for increased fire safety protection and waterproofing
Driver Interface: All new driver interface
Batteries: Tenergy Li-ion polymer, 288V total, 100A min-200A max discharge
Motor: YASA-400 Synchronous AC motor, 340 N-m torque, 7500 rpm max
Motor Controller: Sevcon Gen4 Size 8
Target Weight: 525 lbs w/o Driver
Chassis: 4130 Chromoly Spaceframe
Drivetrain: 3:1, Single Gear Chain Drive
Suspension: Double Wishbone Pushrod Actuated
Wheels: 20.5” Goodyear Dry Slicks on 13” Magnesium Forged Alloy Wheels
The team was started in 2009 as the Illini Hybrid Racing to participate in the relatively new Formula Hybrid Racing competition in NH. At the time, hybrid technology was the cutting edge technology for the automotive industry, and students wanted to face the new technologies, challenges, and opportunities. In 2012, our team switched from Illini Hybrid Racing to Illini Formula Electric, with the aim to build a fully electric vehicle for the 2013 Formula Electric competition in Lincoln, NE.
We decided that an electric vehicle would be faster, lighter, and more efficient than our hybrid car, and would pose a unique and challenging engineering opportunity for our members. We were unable to attend competition in 2013 due to technical and logistical setbacks. Many other EV teams faced similar situations, with only 6 out of 20 teams attending competition and only one team passing technical inspection. In 2014 we fared much better, as did many other EV teams.
15 out of 20 teams attended competition and 3 teams passed technical inspection. However, our battery design did not pass technical inspection and as a result, we were unable to compete. In 2015, we attended the Formula Hybrid competition at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Although we did not pass the electrical technical inspection, we placed 4th in the electric-only division due to our design and project management presentation.
Since we are a student organization, members of IFE are responsible for raising 100% of our budget. With the recent University of Illinois budget cuts our funding has been greatly cut. We have done everything we can to cut team costs but are still struggling to make ends meet. The team is a 501C3 non-profit organization so donating to the team is tax deductiable.
We hope that you would be interested in supporting us to help reach our fundraising goals in order to become better engineers and apply innovative technologies in a practical manner. If you would like to sponsor our team, please click on the go fund me widget below or follow this link: www.gofundme.com/illiniformulaele