Lotus E21 construction report part 6

Bonding together upper and lower Monocoque Halfs

Over the last few weeks I had a very little time where I was able to bond together the two monocoque halfs. There were a few little problems where the single dampers and the pedal assembly collided during the bonding process. The single dampers are now not in there correct position (they are tillted a bit inwards) but you can hardly see it. I also added a part of the outer layer of the monocoque.

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The two monocoque halfs finished for the bonding process. You can also see the frame for the cockpit padding.

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The finished cockpit padding. Ref. 2013 FORMULA 1 TECHNICAL REGULATIONS-Drawing 3

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Cockpit padding inside the upper half. Not very much space left for the driver. 🙂

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And finally the two halfs bonded together. The stiffnes of the monocoque is amazing. Its a very lot stiffer as for example the RB7.

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A bit of “delamination” during the bonding process at the inside of the cockpit area.

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The outer shell of the monocoque with all it’s cutouts for suspension members, hatches and so on.

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Chassis with outer shell.

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My name is Paul Bischof. I’m a student in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Graz in Austria, expected finishing in February 2016. Since I was eight years old, I am building model planes out of paperboard. Since 2004 I scratch (that means building without an assembling set) Formula 1 and sportscars in 1:10th scale. The average time I need for such a car is around 400 to 700 hours within 4 to 8 months. One car has around 3500 up to 5000 single components. On this blog, you can take a look on my work and later, after my studies, hopefully you can see me in Formula 1.

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