The month of February went very smoothly for the team. The progress of the manufacturing is satisfactory and the final goal (finish the car in March) is still possible.
On February 1st, the team sent the F2012’s Structural Equivalency Form for approval. This document serves to prove that the carbon fiber chassis of the F2012 is at least as strong as a rules compliant tubular steel frame.
During the month of February, the chassis department has been busy maufacturing the 2012 monocoque at Avior, in Granby. The new mold is much more reliable than in 2011: The curing phase was completed without incident. We would like to thank everyone at Avior for their support and generosity. The chassis was demolded in our workshop: the manufacturing is a success; this is the lightest Formula ETS chassis in recent history!
The team also carried out the validation of the F2012’s frontal impact attenuator (nose) to ensure rules compliance. The test was successful on first try. The test report was sent to the competition officials well in advance of the due date.
March will be critical to the success of the project: The chassis will be painted and the team will shift from manufacturing to assembly. We keep a close eye on the supply chain to ensure that delivery times do not delay the project.
Stay tuned, the F2012’s unveiling date will be announced shortly.