The MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team continues to develop and improve its mechanical systems with each vehicle. Design begins with Solidworks, where students work in conjunction with the aero team to maximize efficiency. Using finite element analysis software, students optimize the chassis, while working under the constraints of rules and the aerodynamic body.
After a few months of deliberation, the team moves forward with a design, jumping straight into construction. All work on the vehicle is done in-house by the students themselves. Most production and all assembly is completed in our shop on campus. Thanks to the generous support of the Institute and the Edgerton Center, SEVT has the resources and space it needs to complete such an extensive project.
Chopper’s chromoly steel chassis is designed to protect the driver from impacts. The two front wheels have dual A-arm suspensions, while the rear wheel is attached with a trailing arm.
If you have any specific questions about the mechanical systems, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.