Development of the Swift 014.a Racecar for the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship Series 2002-01-3301
This paper describes the design process used to create the Swift 014.a for the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship Series. This series is devoted to developing the next generation of drivers, engineers, and mechanics, as part of the CART Ladder System. The Atlantic series is the highest development rung in the ladder. The educational aspect of the series is reflected in the design features of the 014.a. Special attention was paid to reliability, durability, maintainability, predictability, and documentation.
The new 014.a is a descendent of the Swift 008.a. Many aspects of the 008.a were retained to allow 008.a operators to use 014.a parts. The car was redesigned using practices developed for Swift ChampCars. Unlike many ‘spec’ racecars, the 014.a is thoroughly documented for the racer. Each car comes with a complete parts manual, gearbox manual, suspension guide and aerodynamics manual. Major investments were made in these documents to bolster the educational value of the package for CART.