Last week, the FSAE Electric Racecar team focused on completing the design report and cost report. While the most exciting part of FSAE Electric is racing against other schools, it is important to remember that FSAE Electric is a design competition. This means that over a third of our score comes from static events such as the Cost Analysis and the Design Presentation. Without the points from these events, our team has no chance of reaching our goal of placing in the top five at competition.
The design report is used by the FSAE Electric judges to organize teams for the Design Presentation. It consists of four pages of text about how we designed our car and three pages of drawings of our car. The teams with the best design reports are given a chance to present at the design finals and receive the most points. Meanwhile the poorer design reports will score fewer points and start the competition with a disadvantage. The entire design event can get the team 225 points (out of 1000),
The cost report is used by FSAE Electric judges to assign a score for the cost event. Unlike the Design Presentation the score is determined by the report we submit. Cars are scored by how effectively they used their budgets compared to the other cars. The cars and reports are then checked at competition. Cars are scored from a maximum of 100 points.
In total, the team spent over a hundred manhours on both of these documents. With these documents completed, we are now one step closer to placing in the top five at competition. We are now focusing on improving and fine tuning the car for competition.