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Design and Fabrication of a BMW Downforcer

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Design and Fabrication of a BMW Downforcer

Zach Alboreo, Sean Coleman, Casey Cooper, Trevor Oberg, and Zach Oberg Faculty Mentor: Keith Dennehy

The Downforcer is a splitter made for any E36 generation BMW. The E36 is a popular platform with both track day and amateur racing enthusiasts. Hobby racing has increased in popularity in recent years. Many of the clubs are based on a specific car manufacturer. One of the more popular car styles is the E36 BMW. The goal of this project is to design and fabricate a front splitter increasing downforce thereby improving the handling and track mobility of the car. The splitter is a sandwich construction consisting of carbon fiber fabric and epoxy resin outer layers and a honeycomb core. This allows for a lightweight product with exceptional mechanical properties. The product has a dual plane design which honors previous classic BMW’s. The design process allowed for a highly engineered part and some aesthetic flare.

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College of Science & Engineering

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Composite Materials Engineering

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Design and Fabrication of a BMW Downforcer

Design and Fabrication of a BMW Downforcer

Zach Alboreo, Sean Coleman, Casey Cooper, Trevor Oberg, and Zach Oberg Faculty Mentor: Keith Dennehy

The Downforcer is a splitter made for any E36 generation BMW. The E36 is a popular platform with both track day and amateur racing enthusiasts. Hobby racing has increased in popularity in recent years. Many of the clubs are based on a specific car manufacturer. One of the more popular car styles is the E36 BMW. The goal of this project is to design and fabricate a front splitter increasing downforce thereby improving the handling and track mobility of the car. The splitter is a sandwich construction consisting of carbon fiber fabric and epoxy resin outer layers and a honeycomb core. This allows for a lightweight product with exceptional mechanical properties. The product has a dual plane design which honors previous classic BMW’s. The design process allowed for a highly engineered part and some aesthetic flare.