Lotus E21 construction report part 12

News on the Engine Manufacturing

This is more a tiny update just to keep the blog rollin. There will be more progress on the car when I’m back to uni finishing my mechanical engineering degree at the beginning of October. So look forward to that time!

As the engine is a fully stressed member of the car it’s very important to get a stiff and reliable connection between the engine and the monocoque as well as the gearbox. These connections I achieve with steel pins of 1.2mm diameter. On the real cars, the regulations dictates six M12 bolts to fix the engine to the monocoque as well as to the gearbox. Regulations around the engine cover bore, distance between cylinder axes, crankshaft height, bank angle, CoG, etc. With a bit of understanding of some engineering subjects and this data, it’s not that difficult to redesigned this engine from paper. It’s actually a bit like reverse engineering.

Monocoque, Radiators, Engine

Current state of the car. At the left hand side of the car, you can see the water cooler and gearbox oil radiator, rh side is the engine oil as well as the KERS radiator. Between the engine and the Monocoque you can see the engine oil tank which catches about four litres of oil.


It’s again and again very impressive, how tiny the V8 engines were. Not to speak from the current downsized V6s. In the Le mans cars, the engines are often equipped with an additional brace as they are too weak to work as a fully stressed member.


Rear upper engine stud. This stud is fully integrated into the engine structure and picks up the upper gearbox mounting point.


Engine manifold. Fuel injection system and air filter will sit in here in a few weeks time.


The water pump at the lh side of the engine. There is another ancillary item going to sit behind the water pump.


The oil pump on the lower rh side of the engine. Beside the oil pump, the hydraulic pump/manifold is placed. It’s not designed yet. The hydraulic system powers throttle, clutch, gearchange, differential, power steering and DRS actuator. The hydraulic linked suspension is a completely independent system.


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About paulsf1

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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