The benefits of 4WD drive for a high-performance FSAE electric racecar
Author(s)Owen, Elliot Douglas
Benefits of four-wheel drive for a high-performance Formula Society of Automotive Engineer's electric racecar
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering.
David L. Trumper.
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This thesis explores the performance of Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) and Four-Wheel Drive (4WD) FSAE Electric racecars with regards to acceleration and regenerative braking. The benefits of a 4WD architecture are presented along with the tools for further optimization and understanding. The goal is to provide real, actionable information to teams deciding to pursue 4WD vehicles and quantify the results of difficult engineering trade-offs. Analytical bicycle models are used to discuss the effect of the Center of Gravity location on vehicle performance, and Acceleration-Velocity Phase Space (AVPS) is introduced as a useful tool for optimization. Lap-time Simulation is used to determine the regenerative braking energy available for recovery during a race for RWD and 4WD vehicles.
Thesis: S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2018.This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (page 81).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology