xpensive wrote:I disagree, with modern solid model design tools you almost to the point where you will be, as long as you know your components.
+1 and of course you are not starting from zero there ,at least that was true for all but the toaster fabrications in USA.and even those had enough experience to have an ideo what the components will end up in weight.
So it will not be a surprise party .The big question at the beginning will be to assume where the weight distribution should be and just how much you will need to be
able to move the WD during the season to suit tracks, tyres,drivers,weather.this will determine where you will want your CG of the tank (to avoid influence from emptying tank ,or to make use of emptptying tank wich could as well be a good startegies ..lets move weight forward in the race to avoid too much oversteer at the very end so defending position will at least possible ).
experience will tell you were you will have to concentrate on trying to find weight...moving CG backwards will raise the need to lose weight at the front and even more than that you still want ballsst in the front with the raised tub (legs,
suspension pedalbox etc all on or above hub height will not do any good to your
CG height in the front of the car .....surely not close to ground level .So you need to place some heavy bits into the splitter to counter this .