UW-Madison Bucky Wagon Project

September 26, 2011

Building the Bucky Wagon: Under the hood (technically, under the seats)

Filed under: Bucky Wagon — Tags: , , , , , , — markonfire @ 3:31 pm

A cracked transmission put the Bucky Wagon out of commission in the first place, so the installation of a new transmission and motor is a pretty monumental step in finishing the revamped wagon. Still, the assembly of the electric motor, donated by Remy International, and the transmission, from ZF Transmissions, seems somewhat unceremonious, partly because it’s the sort of thing that members of the vehicle team do all the time. Here you can see members of the vehicle teams goofing around near the new motor and transmission before they bolt them together using an adaptor system designed by other students in the program. The new engine won’t be under the hood, but instead beneath the body of the wagon. Now, the hood will house all the batteries necessary to keep the wagon running. The engine provides enough power to get the wagon up to around 30 mph. It’s not exactly a speed demon—but there’s more than enough oomph to ferry the Spirit Squad around in style on game day.

From left to right: Formula SAE Team member Kevin Higgins, the electric motor donated by Remy International, and the transmission donated by E&F Transmission.

From left to right: Formula SAE Team member Kevin Higgins, the electric motor donated by Remy International, and the transmission donated by ZF Transmissions.

A closer look at the motor and the transmission, before they were bolted together using a student-designed adaptor system.

A closer look at the motor and the transmission, before they were bolted together using a student-designed adaptor system.

Kevin and the other students work to use the adaptor system to connect the transmission and motor.

Kevin and the other students work to use the adaptor system to connect the transmission and motor.

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