Tirath Matharu puts on the BRAKES to discuss the future of the braking system for Warrior Racing.
By Scott Forbis
A few weeks ago, I was able to get a chance to sit down and chat with the new brakes captain of War-rior Racing, Tirath Matharu. We discussed several things including the new braking system, improve-ments for this year's braking system and the bonuses that come with being a part of Warrior Racing. Here is what he had to say:
Q: How did the braking system perform last year at competition?
Ty: At the competition that was held in Lincoln, Nebraska, the brakes were fully developed, but there was not enough testing done pre-competition, to optimize the system. During the brake test, a test every car must go through, only three out of the four brakes locked up; the front-left did not lock up. Several diagnostic tests were made to test pressure, calipers and brake pads, but we were unable to come up with a conclusion on why all the brakes were not locking up. After competition, the lines were re-bled and the brakes were retested, but all the wheels were still not locking up.
Q: What are the brake improvements to this year's car, RW9?
Ty: The new plan of attack is to design a new system that incorporates a 4:1 ratio of the brake pedal to the master cylinder. The brake system will also be packaged more neatly for adjustability between driv-ers, manufacturing and driver comfort. On top of all of that, the brake system will be constructed from scratch and the materials will be validated through calculations. Finally all of the lines will be bled and sensors will be attached to the front and rear brake lines to measure the pressure in each.
Q: What have the benefits been to you of being on the Warrior Racing team?
Ty: It gave me the chance to apply what I learned in the classroom to the real world. Being on the team also gave me a chance to strengthen my leadership skills. I was officially appointed brakes cap-tain this year, after having to take over the braking system last year. I think just in the past few months I have gained valuable knowledge about what it means to be a successful leader; I do not think I would have excelled as a leader, as fast as I did if I was not a part of Warrior Racing.