The top section of the course is the hardest and most dangerous. If you go off, you basically drive off a cliff or go into huge rocks. The road covers permafrost and is extremely bumpy. The bumps change hour by hour as the permafrost expands and contracts. A smooth section can have 3″ heaves a few hours later. Our development focused on being able to take the bumps while maintaining a stable platform for the aero.
Here Dai is at full send after passing some bumps at speed. You can see the chassis is under full aero load here as the splitter is pretty close on deck, the suspension is progressively on the packers here so pitch will not cut off airflow to the diffuser. It is really cool to see how your aero is working in these pictures.
You can see in this picture that Dai is above the clouds. Dai is one brave person. There is a 4000-foot drop here and any off will have probably fatal consequences. You could not pay me enough to go full send here!
Dai going really fast here with no guardrails, a 4000 ft cliff, and a constantly changing bumpy track on an aero dependant chassis, yikes. The car is nicely hunkered down using its aero fully. Dai said that there was absolutely no understeer (which used to be an issue) and the car would have a slight rotation of the back. Our car seemed to be much better over the bumps than the Unplugged performance Plaid. We would have to exploit our advantage here.
As a crew person, this is about the only action you see. What’s cool about electric cars is they get 100% of their torque from zero rpm. Look how the car scoots out of the hole! We ended up being the third-fastest car in our run group in the upper segment. We were quite a bit ahead of both Plaids here. The Unplugged Plaid was quite a bit slower and the Braille Battery Plaid crashed and didn’t post a time.