Jaguar Land Rover has been a key sponsor of CUER for the past few years now. They are continuing to help the team this year, with the generous offer to machine the plug for the 2013 car. This work will allow us to achieve a significantly higher build quality compared to anything we have done before.
Earlier this week, the JLR rapid prototyping department invited us along to have a look at the large five axis milling machine that would be used. After the technician had covered up the full scale clay model of a secret car that was currently being milled, we were invited into a huge room containing the machine. It is perfect for the work that we require doing. Information was collected so that the final manufacturing processes can be detailed. Not long now before the car takes shape!
This meeting marks the start of the chassis manufacturing process, an important milestone in our project. Over the next three months, we will build the mould and lay up the shell material culminate in January with the delivery of our lightest weight chassis ever.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank JLR, as well as our partners at the National Composites Centre, UMECO (recently taken over by and soon to be rebranded as Cytec) and Mouldlife for making this possible.