Document Type

Undergraduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2023

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Engineering Technology

Committee Chair

Charles Pringle, PE

Second Committee Member

Dr. John Choi

Third Committee Member

Mr. Chris Berkshire


There are paramount necessities to build an RC car such as the steering and suspension. Without either, the vehicle will not be able to ascertain basic movement characteristics. The team will compete in the RC Baja competition with the other students which will have various challenges and obstacles that they will endure. The device must be able to complete tests that will prove competence for the competition. By using knowledge of prior classes and experience, the team will produce a functional device for the event. Mechanics of materials and statics were used to determine the bending strength of the control arms and the tensile strength of the shock towers. The shock tower and control arms were the largest manufactured parts of the project. The purchased parts include shock springs, steering servo, steering pin, and threaded rod. First the results of the project were separated into three sections, the design, construction, and testing of the device to the specified requirements. Second was the construction phase, which meant that the team was ready to start the fabrication process of the device. Third was the testing of the project. The other engineer in the project oversaw chassis and drivetrain. As a result of the design, the shock spring will only compress 30% when dropped from two feet which will be done in the testing phase.