Being a sequel to the Purrie, the Sternum is a luxury sports car with off-road capabilities. It is our next chapter because it takes aerodynamic optimization with subtle changes that take it from 0-100mkph in 6.2 seconds.
The large air vents on the door sides improve airflow to its two radiators (one on each side) for better cooling and improved down force to keep the car stable and quick. It has a redesigned suspension system with variable ride height - making it a perfect vehicle for different kinds of *terrain. The large air vents on the door sides improve airflow to its two radiators (one on each side) for better cooling and improved down force to keep the car stable and quick. It has a redesigned suspension system with variable ride height - making it a perfect vehicle for different kinds of terrain.
With more attention to detailing on the inside, there’s a 6 inch smart entertainment and control system with android auto. More on the car specs in a bit.
Taking inspiration from the human sternum which is part of the rib cage that protects the lungs and heart, The Bennie Sternum name symbolizes our commitment to safety. More on the idea of the name at the end of this brochure where we feature an interview of Jerry Mallo.
With sketches and blueprints drawn, we embarked on chassis fabrication using a
combination of steel tubes and other alloys. Employing arc welding, brazing and
fasteners to create this balanced framework of trusses for the Sternum.
Engine, Steering, Braking and Suspension System
After the framework was done with, mounting all the components was our next move. At this stage, we installed the engine and transmission system. The engine is a 4.2L naturally aspirated V8 engine with 40valves manufactured by Volkswagen-Audi but tuned by our team producing 340hp. The suspension system is a modified independent and double wishbone suspension in the front and rear all mounted on a truss with hydraulic pumps to enable a variable ride height function. Both suspensions work with a single damper & spring system
To get a clear image of our design, we created a miniature model to help us learn how better to approach the clay model of the life-size of our vehicle. Using clay, we created this miniature to understand the intricacies of the design better. it also helped us appreciate the importance of clay modelling to fibre and carbon fibre design process especially in perfecting the tiny detailing of its exterior - taking into account aerodynamics, balance, aesthetics and uniqueness of the design.