On the Design of a Low-Cost Racing Car Chassis
The paper presents a project under development at the University of Brescia with the co-operation of Metra, a leading company in the field of aluminium extrusion. A racecar chassis has been designed with the target of matching reduced manufacturing costs with high safety and structural performance, the whole concept being based on aluminium extrusion. The chassis sidewalls are one-piece, wide section alloy beams providing torsion stiffness as well as energy absorption properties. They directly support front suspension and engine. The project is under evaluation by the Motorsport National Authority in Italy for a new championship where the budget is affordable for a large number of drivers.