Lafayette Motorsports started the construction of the current design after successfully competing in 2018. The new design’s mission was to build on the previous design which had placed fourth and compete for silverware at the Formula Hybrid competition.
Design Breakdown & Overview
The current car design is broken up into subsystems that each are in charge of the development of specific systems within the design.
Interactive Sparky Overview
Explore Sparky and it’s components by clicking the name of a subsystem for more information.
Top Level Poster
Top level Electrical System / Interconnect
Interconnect is the connection of all subsystems through proper cabling and connectors on each enclosure with the purpose of providing guidelines of how the car functions on a higher scale. Cabling and other interface systems must be rules compliant and be able to drive in certain conditions using strain relief and waterproofing.
LFEV Full Car Electrical System Diagram
Interconnect Bill of Materials
A battery-based power system that is responsible for providing adequate and accurate current supply to the vehicle. It is regulated by two AMS Boards known as PacMan and CellMan.
The dashboard display provides indicators to the driver regarding the status of the vehicle.
The VSCADA system stores, displays, and reacts to sensor data.
Provides cooling to the motor/motor controller and keeps it at a safe operating temperature
Takes throttle signals and high voltage and inputs control signal to the motor.
The drivetrain system provides power to the wheels so the car can move.
The body or frame of the car
Delivers braking pressure to calipers, and accelerometer data to Carman.
The brake system that stops the car
The steering system that controls the car’s direction
The car’s suspension system
Full Car Assembly
A full inventor model assembly of the car, its subsystems, and their mounting solutions.
Full Car Assembly (5/18/21)