Chinook team started strong in 2018. More motivated than ever, the members have begun the manufacture of the Chinook 8 chassis! The latest pieces of additive manufacturing came back, the transfer case is almost done, the shells of the diffuser are back from cooking and more! February looks busy with new mechanical and electrical projects in order to have an even better Chinook 8 for Racing Aeolus 2018!
2017 was filled with challenges and Chinook managed to overcome them. The entire team is currently working very hard to meet new challenges and deliver a brand new Chinook 8! We thank you for your support and wish you happy holidays!
Here is the final video of racing aeolus 2017!
Coming back from competition, despite the new efficiency record, Chinook wasted no time getting back to work! New challenges await the team! In order to achieve those challenges, on October 28, 2017, the first tests of the 2017-2018 season took place. These tests consisted of testing the post-competition systems. In addition, the new members of the team had the chance to see the racing car and to drive it. The day was very successful with lots of winds and sun!
The team is now finalizing the design of Chinook 8 and looks forward to the next tests!
Stay tuned for the new Chinook 8!
The Chinook team.
Den Helder’s Racing Aeolus 2016 was a real rollercoaster for Team Chinook ÉTS. This year, we integrated two new systems to our wind powered vehicule: an «electronic assisted rear-wheel steering» and a set of low wind blades. The rear steering system allows the car to remain in the line of wind at all time during the race. As for the new blade set, it has been designed to be more efficient for light winds.
Upon our arrival in Netherlands, an important piece of luggage was missing. The bag contained critical parts of the rear steering and the drivetrain which prevented us from testing before the qualifications. Not finding this luggage wouldhave implied no competing for us. After four days of back and forth calls with the airport’s lost and found department, we were notified that it had been retained in Montreal and then sent to Amsterdam Schipol. We sent two members of our team to the airport. As the lost and found departement still could not trace the bag, our teammates found the luggage laying on the floor randomly. Unfortunately, some of the drivetrain parts were damaged.
The following hours were a wild ride to repair the parts and put the vehicule together. We had to act quickly in order to make the minimum amount of runs that would allow us to qualify. When we were finaly ready to go, the wind was so light that we could not complete a lap even with our low wind speed blade set installed. On the last day, a strong wind with peaks at 45 km/h was blowing the track. We completed the most laps of all teams and set an impressive 88% average of efficiency, going nearly 40 km/h.
Since we were not able to qualify, we could not finish in front of the qualified teams. Even if we did the second best score, we finished fifth overall. However, our efforts were not in vain as the other teams voted us for the most innovative vehicule, allowing us to receive the Gerard Broers Award. After having overcome all these challenges, we are proud of what we accomplished at Racing Aeolus 2016.
We sincerely thank all our partners, our families and friends for all the support they have given us throughout the year. Despite circumstances out of our control this year, we managed to add another award to our collection. We are already focused on next year’s event. Follow us on our social networks to see what’s new for our seventh prototype.
Team Chinook ÉTS
With all the surprises Mother Nature gave us in the last few weeks, Chinook team can't wait for Spring and its nice weather to go out and try its new prototype. We have been busy finalizing the new design and already began to build many of the new parts, so it will soon be the time to put Chinook 6 together and get out to test it!
While waiting for the good weather to arrives, the team invites you to participate in its annual fundraising event at Resto-Pub Le 100 Génies withing ÉTS campus, on March 10! We await you in a festive sugar shack atmosphere with a good traditional meal, maple taffy, force and skill games and a fantastic atmosphere! Presence prizes will be drawn throughout the event and thanks to our partner Bad Axe Throwing, winners of the games will merit gifts certificates for a free axe throwing session for two at their new center, which will open in Montreal at the end of March. The experience promises to be unforgettable! For the less lucky, you can attend their open house to be held on March 25 where you will be able to try this thrilling sport for free!
To buy tickets for Chinook Shack you can come to meet us at our office (A-1748) or contact us for details. Places are limited, so we suggest you buy your tickets in advance!
DATE : March 10, 2016
TIME : We will be there all day from noon so come when you want! The meal will be served in the evening!
PLACE : Resto-Pub Le 100 Génies
PRICE : $15.00, including a traditional sugar shack meal. Tickets without meal will also be sold at the door.
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