Lightweight AWD Sportscar

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Re: Lightweight AWD Sportscar

Post by designerguy » Feb 23 2018 5:18pm

A couple point for clarification:

-not in wheel motors but rather one motor for each wheel with a driveshaft...the trade off in ride and handling aren’t worth the ease of packaging

-I’m not necessarily going to reduce the rear track vs front track, however, narrowing the rear track won’t make the car inherently unstable. The rear will simply need to be balanced with the right roll stiffness vs the front to get good load transfer. Think of it as somewhere between a reverse trike and a car. The trike has no rear roll stiffness yet goes in a straight line just fine.

-longitudinal CG location affects load transfer front to read more so than straight line stability. Most stability is gained through caster and trail.

- for this car I’m aiming for as low a polar moment of inertia as possible to make the car more responsive to direction change.

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Re: Lightweight AWD Sportscar

Post by Inducter » Feb 24 2018 6:35am

I see.

Notice that I said wobbly, not unstable. There's a difference between the two.Triangular setup is inherently stable, just not comfortable. That's what I was aiming at.

If you can take the cost, you go for it and enjoy. I am merely thinking aloud here. The the sheer amount of cost involved in an one-off car build intimidates me to no end. And there are technical issues, like road worthiness, comfort, safety, electrical wiring, to name a few, to consider too.

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Re: Lightweight AWD Sportscar

Post by Punx0r » Feb 24 2018 5:49pm

Agreed, it's a hell of a DIY project. Best of luck and please post updates!

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Re: Lightweight AWD Sportscar

Post by speedmd » Feb 24 2018 7:59pm

Potentially ground breaking in many aspects. Interesting trade offs on weight distribution can be explored to great extents with this technology. Spreading the battery mass out like tesla does vs a tighter central block. Inboard will certainly be lighter on its feet but possibly suffer some in ultimate traction in some conditions. Benefits may far out weigh the losses. Same with the low MI. Benefits of a car that can change direction on a dime may far out weigh any stability benefit that higher MI setup could bring to the driving experience. Loving the project. :D

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Re: Lightweight AWD Sportscar

Post by designerguy » Feb 24 2018 8:37pm

I’m trying to be really open minded to what an electric car CAN be. Many of the trade offs that IC cars make simply don’t need to exist for an electric car.

An update on the goals for the project; the Midwest and especially Michigan are having a record year for pothole damage. After driving my wife’s car with ~6 inches of suspension through some car eating potholes and nervously checking for cracked rims and damaged tires (there was some tire damage) I have decided the car needs to be not just usable in these conditions, but composed. Because of this, I am looking at ~11 inches of suspension travel for each wheel, and using a hydraulic anti roll bar for roll control, similar to creuat and kinetic. I have some different ideas on damping and mode separation so it will be interesting to try to make it work :D . Luckily the car will be drivable with corner dampers and springs so that complexity doesn’t need to happen up front.

Unfortunately right now I am 100% swamped with work so not much is happening other than idle minded rumination.

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Re: Lightweight AWD Sportscar

Post by Coolohm » Feb 25 2018 12:01am

This is so cool.

Why not use airbags? I designed and implemented an automatic leveling air suspension controller and system in my private passenger car and also in a large tandem horse float.

How do you plan on having the body made? I guess you have in house machines that you will utilize for making molds (assuming it's composite)?

Have you thought about using two slightly larger motors - one for front and one for rear. Will reduce both electrical and mechanical power distribution. Could use a chain / belt drive diff for the reduction to avoid gearboxes and still have a proper differential.

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Re: Lightweight AWD Sportscar

Post by designerguy » Feb 25 2018 7:58am

I would like to avoid active systems as much as possible. Most tend to come with a hefty weight penalty and have a greater number of failure modes. However, I am intrigued by your system. Is it similar to an SM?

I plan on make the body plug the old school way: using Masonite sections every 4” or so and filling the rest of the body with expanding foam, then sanding, sculpting, priming, gel coating, and waxing to prepare the male plugs. For intricate sections I will probably CNC some hard foam inserts.

Differentials are great for power distribution. However, with 4 electric motors I can program different behaviors like torque vectoring and 0 point turn. This is one of the many ways electric cars can be simpler! No need for wheel speed sensors, ABS can be handled by the wheel motors to modulate each wheel in slip, traction control is simpler as well!

I don’t have much experience in these systems but my hope is that I can use this car as a test bed for open source versions. Making an electric car should be vastly simpler than a locost of similar performance. With Machine learning algorithms for suspension and chassis design (ala Hackrod) the future of DIY seems alive and well!

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Re: Lightweight AWD Sportscar

Post by speedmd » Feb 25 2018 11:24am

I would keep a eye on the active suspension side as a potential option long term. Agree, that it would be much more complex and have tons of downside on the reliability side, but the potential upside could be ground breaking. Not just active, but pre-active. Gas sprung inline motor - generator actuators that could be tied into a system that reads the road ahead and picks a trajectory, where it could pre-jump humps and dips and fully avoiding those big pot holes at speed. Good to dream. :D

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Re: Lightweight AWD Sportscar

Post by designerguy » Feb 25 2018 1:01pm

speedmd wrote:
Feb 25 2018 11:24am
I would keep a eye on the active suspension side as a potential option long term. Agree, that it would be much more complex and have tons of downside on the reliability side, but the potential upside could be ground breaking. Not just active, but pre-active. Gas sprung inline motor - generator actuators that could be tied into a system that reads the road ahead and picks a trajectory, where it could pre-jump humps and dips and fully avoiding those big pot holes at speed. Good to dream. :D
Proactive suspension system have been around for a while. A number of them should be hitting the road in the next 5 years. It’ll be a huge boon to efficiency nuts as there won’t be energy loss due to damping.

On a side note, I have been looking more and more to move the batteries rearward behind the passengers and to move to 6 motors (2 front 4 rear) with 12 controllers. This would mean I could use 3 MTI85W100GC per controller which should be good for 18kW per controller. This would also increase the inductance each controller sees to make a more reliable system. I can move to Elise size wheels and tires since it has similar weight distribution.

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Re: Lightweight AWD Sportscar

Post by Inducter » Mar 03 2018 3:07am

What is the thinking behind so many motors and twice as many controllers? Is there any advantage in it? 6 motors and 12 controllers are a lot of opportunities and space for things to go wrong and cause unwelcome costs. Plus, they'll take up the space you may want for more batteries, more power.

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Re: Lightweight AWD Sportscar

Post by designerguy » Mar 03 2018 2:27pm

Inducter wrote:
Mar 03 2018 3:07am
What is the thinking behind so many motors and twice as many controllers? Is there any advantage in it? 6 motors and 12 controllers are a lot of opportunities and space for things to go wrong and cause unwelcome costs. Plus, they'll take up the space you may want for more batteries, more power.
The motors are to increase the inductance each controller sees. With a 90mm stator for the same kv the inductance will be 1.5x less. It’s the same reason for the multiple controllers, higher mutual inductance for the same kv.

Another thing the multiple controllers does is increase redundancy in case of failure. Each motor will be run as 2 sets of 3 phase windings separates by 30 degrees. Basically if one controller or winding fails, the motor still works and only has a slight reduction in Km. It also reduces torque ripple.

On top of all of those things, with multiple controllers for each motor, each controller will have a simpler, cheaper powerstage. Less worry for current sharing between parallel FETs. It will also make so the power stages are relevant to this community as a high power ebike or small motorcycle controller.

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