Team Stealth Thanks Future Machinists


Jay Perdue, inventor of the Trihybrid Stealth, explains the engineering behind the vehicle to a group of 50 students studying to be machinists at the Tennessee Technology Center, in Dickson, Tenn.. "Everything about that car has come out of my head," Perdue said.


The Trihybrid Stealth team visited the Tennessee Technology Center in Dickson, Tenn. Thursday in an effort to thank them for their involvement in Stealth’s latest addition, the Wobblin Wheel. The TTC Machine Tool Technology Center specially machined a hub to fit the new wheels, a task that gave students and opportunity to machine a part on deadline for real-world use.

The Wobblin Wheel is a state-of-the-art wheel that is designed to create an optical illusion on the vehicle. When the wheel spins, it appears as if the wheel is going to violently wobble off the vehicle. Instead, the perfectly balanced wheel continues down the road, drawing attention from all who see it.

“It’s a completely new concept, and will change people’s ideas about the way they view wheels” said Jesse Perdue, inventor of the Wobblin Wheel. “The Stealth is the perfect test vehicle for the Wheel, because it attracts more attention than just a regular car.

To make this concept possible, the Stealth had to have specially designed hubs to fit the lug pattern of the Wobblin Wheel prototypes.  The Team chose TTC, believing the project was a win-win for  both the college and its students.

Jesse Perdue, inventor of the Wobblin Wheel, explain the concept of the wheel to a group of about 50 students.


“This was a great opportunity for our students to make something that is really going to be applied,” said Bob Collins, Instructor of the Machine Tool Technology Program. “The Stealth is a great project that the students are really excited about. It breaks the daily routine.”

Greg Fisher, 20, a student in the Machine Tool Tech Center, had the opportunity to work on the project. “It was definitely a job,” he said. “I think it will be like it is in the real world, no extra material and everything has to be just right.”

Although the new hub for the vehicle was an incredible accomplishment, the work on the Stealth is not finished. Collins and his students will be working in the near future to create 3D dimensions of the vehicle, while learning a new software program called SolidWorks.

The program will produce blueprints for the vehicle that will give the average person the plans he or she needs to build the vehicle in the their garage.

“We will be reverse engineering it to create a model that could be used to generate part prints,” said Collins. “We’re excited about this challenge, and hope our partnership on the Stealth will make a positive impact on Americans.”

Jay Perdue takes time to explain the aerodynamics of the Stealth to a group of students in the Machine Tool Technology center.

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