Currently our Bunnythorpe TODO list looks like this:
- Trailer (needed to transport the race car back to Auckland and for future transportation needs)
- Receive Motor + Transaxle
- Motor + Transaxle Installation
- *HALF SHAFTS*
- Inverter + contactor
- Battery rack/mounts
- Rear tail lights (Brake + rain light)
- Cutoff switch
- seat + harness
- Fire extinguisher
- Graphics (Monday + Michael)
- POT + Brake plumbing (+regen)
- Wheel alignment/spring height
At about 3pm the delivery truck arrived. It dropped off the transaxle, motor adapter plate and clutch. This had all come from We Can Engineering, who had machined the adapter plate for us. The adapter plate looks very beafy and will certainly not be breaking anytime soon. It's possible it could have been made a bit lighter, but in the long term plan this plate, the clutch and the transaxle are temporary items so it's not going to be a problem. Right now we want things to be simple and reliable so we can focus on getting the car to the track sooner rather than later.
We weighed the components to find that all up we have a motor and gearbox combination that weighs 171kg (Transale 55kg, adapter 20kg, clutch 5kg and motor 91 kg) . Not light, but acceptable (it does give us more reason to get rid of the clutch and simplify the gear box in the future though).
After putting the Tilton clutch together and giving the adapter a coat of paint we called it a night.
For tomorrow, the dash is almost ready to be installed (just needs a few mounting holes drilled) and the gearbox and motor are ready to be mated and lowered into the chasis so we can plan the modifications required to mount the first electric drivetrain in a Saker GT.