Within Forze the mechanical engineering department is a dynamic job at the intersection between the many departments of the car. Whether the embedded systems department needs a shockproof enclosure, or the fuel cell department needs a turbine mounted, the mechanical department gets the job done. Additionally, the department is responsible for big projects such as motor and gearbox housings, as well as the mid subframe, the backbone of the car.
This year the Forze IX will physically come together, which means that the mechanical engineers will be busy in the workshop. But before that, we are responsible for making all the components fit inside the car, for which we use CAD software. These components need a light but robust casing to protect the internals and a bracket to firmly attach them to the subframe of the car. Therefore, I will be in close contact with all the departments to fit the components inside this subframe and to design the structure around it.
Willem van der Vliet
The Mechanical Department is the nuts and bolts of the Team. We hold everything together, literally! From the mechanical design of the steering wheel, to the manufacture of the mid subframe, to the design of the gearbox, the mechanical engineering department have their hands in many different projects. I will be working closely with the embedded systems department to make sure our sensitive electronics are housed and mounted safely and protected from harsh racing conditions. Additionally, I will be designing and manufacturing bracket systems for the four hydrogen tanks and the aerodynamic bodywork to be mounted securely under high loads.