Sorry that I haven't posted in a while. Been trying to get this build done in time to compete in some races this summer. As it always goes with projects of this size: unexpected problems arise, each step takes longer than planned, and lead time on parts grows suddenly-- all of which greatly slow down progress. Here's a brief update up to where our team is on the project up until about a week ago (don't have more recent pictures -- hard to take out a phone when your hands are covered in grease, metal shavings, cutting fluid, etc.).
So, we left off about here and here.
Since then, we have (mostly) built front and rear A-Arms (which we designed without the aid of suspension software; I strongly recommend using suspension software (if you can afford it-- we couldn't) unless you have 6 months of your life that you're willing to dedicate to it-- btw, the suspension geometry was BY FAR the most difficult part of the design process, and I wouldn't recommend that anyone jumps down that rabbit hole unless you're a masochist). Just waiting on some laser-cut ball joint housing blanks, which will be machined down to our design specifications before we can bandsaw the ends off the a-arms and weld the ball joint housings on to complete that step.
As you can see, we are a very money-poor team, and rather than using a real jig table, we basically set a piece of MDF on top of a fabricated metal frame, and jig our work pieces with some shop-made aluminum blocks. This is NOT the ideal way to do this, and we experienced more weld distortion than if we had the money to buy a proper welding jig table.
Brakes, steering rack, and throttle pedal have been positioned and mounted.
Subframe assembly, containing engine, CVT, and differential has been fabricated. Tubing cut, bent, notched, and welded by team members. Then mount plates and tabs for components welded in, and tested for fit. Also mounted a fire extinguisher for safety.
Will be making a more comprehensive post in a few weeks after we are finished. Until then, our team plans to pretty much live in the shop making this thing as badass as we possibly can.