Hello all! Now that the holidays are well over and we’ve been working for more than a month, I have more than enough to write about again! First things first, the new team is formed. With more members and full timers than ever (as far as I can remember at least), it seems to become a very fruitful year! My own personal achievement this year thus far, is that I have been promoted to Chief Strategy (woohoo :)), head of the Strategy Department. Our department sets out to make sure that the car that is built by the other departments is used as optimally as possible by deciding the driving strategy, thus where and how to drive. To do this, my colleagues and I have made a model of the car and the track last year, which simulates the performance of the car using different strategies. This model can also be used to some extent to compare the performance of different designs, so that it can be implemented in the design phase.
As the Chief, I’ve set up this year’s goals of the department, and presented them to the old and
current team members for any further commentary. The main goal, which I will be dedicating most
of my time, is to make the model of last year as compliant with the reality as possible. It is obvious
that this should always be the number one priority, but the truth is that there is a chronical lack of
data to really verify the model. In order to solve this problem a testing day has been set-up at the
end of September, with the data of which a lot of light can be shed on the model. Due to a lot of
external factor, e.g. uneven surfaces with bumps and hills, it is very tough to get a complete analysis
of the pure data that is relevant for our purposes. Using several methods, I have been working to
filter out the useful information from the data and will proceed to do this in the foreseeable future.
Meanwhile the next testing day is being planned, and if the racing conditions are different during
that test, it should provide all the needed information to give a conclusive view on the current
model. Then this can be updated, so that it performs on point and can be used during the race for
the, hopefully real-time, strategy and before the race, while designing the car.
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