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As we’ve shared before, 2015 is one of the most pivotal seasons ever for GFR as the cars are being completely redesigned. A drastically new suspension system and aerodynamics package will be complemented by a completely new carbon fiber monocoque which doesn’t share a single part or any geometry with the previous design. Painstaking measures were taken to ensure total compatibility and synergy with all new systems and we are very anxious to see the cars come together!
In creating the new monocoque, new carbon fiber molds were necessary as they will make our two cars each year and will be used for several years to come. Of course, we could not afford the expensive tooling material on our student budget, but were blessed to have a very generous donation of prepreg tooling material courtesy of Technology Marketing Inc. (TMi) from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. After machining, sanding, and polishing two Renshape plugs (a Huntsman product, also donated), the molds were fabricated completely in-house at OSU, just in time to keep the monocoque manufacturing on schedule.