Happy New Year!

5 January, 2013

Happy new year from all of us at UBC Supermileage! We’ve had our first meeting of 2013 and we’re stepping up our game as competition approaches. Our priority for the next couple of weeks will be building the aero shell. We’ve joined and assembled the mold pieces that Vorum carved for us  and have coated the entire thing in fibreglass so as to create a smooth female-mold surface for carbon fibre lay-up  (check out our facebook page for pictures). Our new engine will also be up and running within the next 2 weeks, and when it is the engine division will use our newly functioning dyno to tune the engine to optimal running conditions. We haven’t been able to perform engine tuning in previous competitions, and having this ability now should give us a significant increase in fuel efficiency.

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UBC Fall Preview Day

11 December, 2012

Last week UBC Engineering department hosted the Fall Preview Day. This was a chance for high school students, first year engineering undergrads, and anyone interested in applied sciences to meet professors, explore lab spaces, and learn the ins and outs of studying engineering. As part of the Preview Day the UBC Supermileage Team and all of the other engineering student design teams took over the Engineering Design Centre to show off their projects and vehicles. It was great seeing so many new faces and getting them excited about Supermileage; we look forward to seeing some of them again next year on the Team!

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Supermileage at the Lord Byng Opportunity Fair

26 November, 2012

Last week Lord Byng High School in Vancouver hosted its annual Opportunity Fair, an event in which high school students get to learn more about what engineering can do for them. There were many different engineering related organizations present, and representing the UBC Supermileage Team, and UBC in general, was our own Kevan Cote. Kevan spoke about Supermileage, what we stand for and what we do, and also to the opportunity to tell students about the benefits of becoming an engineer at UBC.

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Sponsor Spotlight: SKF Bearings

5 November, 2012

SKF knows bearings. From aerospace to roller-skates, SKF has a plethora of bearing solutions to rotary power transmission needs. SKF Bearings is one of five divisions of the SKF Group, the other four focusing on seals, mechatronics, services, and lubrication systems. In accordance with the Supermileage  focus of efficiency and thereby reduced emissions, SKF has pledged to reduce their CO2 emissions by 5% annually, regardless of their production volume and growth.

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Progress Update

31 October, 2012

With our larger group we have the capability to get much more done. Here’s a sample of what we’re working on for the Urban Concept Vehicle:

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Sponsor Spotlight: SolidWorks

24 October, 2012

If you have done any sort of CAD work in the past, chances are you’ve heard of SolidWorks. Used in industries from Aerospace to oil and gas to high tech electronics and everything in between, SolidWorks is a comprehensive yet easy to pick up 3D CAD software tool that allows users to design, publish, and maintain projects large and small.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Intergulf Development Group

13 October, 2012

Intergulf Development Group is part of the Intergulf Group of Companies. They are residential and commercial builders in BC, Alberta and California, who’s projects include Kits360 in Vancouver, Promenade in White Rock, and Grand Central I in Coquitlam just to name a few. Intergulf’s major focus is quality standards in all their projects, which they accomplish by taking all aspects of a project, from land acquisition, to building, to sales and warranty services, and completing them in house from start to finish. This focus has bred high levels of accountability and responsibility, both to their customers and also the environment. You can find out more about Intergulf by visiting http://www.intergulf.com/

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Happy Thanksgiving!

9 October, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at the UBC Supermileage Team. Here’s hoping your long weekend seemed extra long, and all that turkey has raised your spirits for the rest of October!

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