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It was Lotus' Colin Chapman who famously coined this phrase, but Porsche's engineers turned the concept into a science and, during the 1960s, few manufacturers could rival Porsche's knowledge of lightweight metals, alloys and glass-reinforced plastics. Like its predecessors, the 909 Bergspyder used an aluminium spaceframe chassis and exotic titanium was then used for various suspension components, including the four coil springs. The engineers even experimented with alloy steering arms, but...

Faster Processing

Fundamentally, there are only two ways to speed up a computer. You can increase the system clock frequency by improvements in silicon technology, thereby processing information faster, or you can attempt to do more processing in each cycle, effectively doing work in parallel. Throughout the late 1970s and up to around 1985, there was about a 30 per cent performance gain every year through improvements in semi-conductor technology alone. But from 1985 to the turn of the century, the computer...

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No Uphill Battle

Two cars were completed but they were not ready in time for the start of the '68 season. In the end, this proved inconsequential as Gerhard Mitter more than held his own in the rebuilt 910 8s, and the Ferrari threat proved hollow as nothing was seen or heard of the flat 12-engined special, at least not in 1968. Although Mitter dominated the opening rounds of the championship, it was far from 66 the entire wiring loam was made in silver a happy campaign for Porsche, as Mitter's team mate, Rolf...

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Some years ago, Patrick Head explained to me how to make boats from concrete, but I never envisaged he and Williams would ever embark on a similarly curious public flotation exercise for the entire team. Although growing companies tend to float their shares in order to glean money for expansion, it is hard to see why, having made a net loss over the last five years, Williams are anywhere but at their own sunset, yet they really are seeking to sell some of the company to the public to raise...

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Both the Lotus T128 and the Force India VJM04 (shown) have re-visited the 'blade' concept for 2011 'The main target was to clear all the area to the rear lower wing because it is a performance differentiator now,' explains Williams' technical director, Sam Michael. 'You've got to have the underside of the rear lower wing completely free, so we took the decision to lift the top wishbone and the track rod and go to a z-bone layout, which was commonly used in the early '90s to get that all above...

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Of course weight is a consideration in any form of racing, and The Blue Flame was very light, but safety is also a critical factor that must not be overlooked Ron Ayers, chief aerodynamicist to the Bloodhound SSC project adds his thoughts to the debate Of course weight is a consideration in any form of racing, and The Blue Flame was very light, but safety is also a critical factor that must not be overlooked Franklin makes many points in his latest letter, and I will try to answer most of them....

Tduring Cars

Honorary president of the MIA, said 'Drayson Racing have paved the way in green racing over the past four years with second generation biofuels and we have been looking at electric vehicle technologies for a while, waiting for the technology to mature and for the right time to enter this exciting new field. The team at VCUP have taken a bold step forward to create the world's first electric racing series, we want to be part of it and we want to win it ' 6VCUP is to feature two classes, one for...

The Cars For 2011

When not arguing with Ford over model designations, Ferrari is developing a push rod rear end with a damper package reportedly linked front to rear lower wing, whereas a pull rod is completely out of the rear lower wing. That was an easy decision to make.' Not everyone agrees, though. Ferrari, for example, has adopted suggest that one of the issues with this layout is that for the mechanics to adjust the dampers they now have to remove the floor of the car. 'We were working with different set...

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The Force has been among the most competitive cars in the Up To 110Occ and Up To 1600cc single-seater classes in the UK for some years, most recently winning the 2010 Hilldimb Leaders' Championship in 1600cc form. And in the British Hilldimb The LM001 uses running gear and many other components from the successful Force PC single seater championship top ten. But that's possibly for the future. Meanwhile, the Suzuki Hayabusa engine is again the initial engine of choice, around which there is now...

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The word 'ultimate' is always one to be used with great care, particularly when applied to motorsport projects, such is the speed with which technological development moves on. That said, we couldn't let the start of the 2011 hilldimb season pass without mention of Willem Toet's plan to build 'the ultimate hilldimber'. Unfortunately, we can't divulge the full story at this point because a the car isn't finished, and b we've been sworn to secrecy on the details for the time being. However, we...

Lotus And Dell

In 2006 BMW really opened the Formula 1 market up to high-powered computing with the installation of Albert 2, at the time one of the fastest computers in the world. Today every Formula 1 team, and many other professional motorsport operations, now use a reasonably powerful system, many of which exceed the performance of Albert 2. One of grand prix racing's smallest operations, Team Lotus, has partnered with Dell for its computing needs from a CFD cluster to track side laptops. Team Lotus uses...

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OMS takes its name from the initials of its principal, Steve Owen, spelled backwards. But since he started constructing hilldimb cars in 1985, Owen hasn't exactly looked backwards, For an entirely amateur category, the top-level hilldimb cars show immense engineering skill and know how. The front end of the OMSH5, for example, illustrates the range of composite and CNC capabilities OMS offers For an entirely amateur category, the top-level hilldimb cars show immense engineering skill and know...

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A number of cars this season have adopted the wide 'platypus' nose first introduced by Red Bull. The very high, wide and thin structures may not be aesthetically pleasing, but apparently they work in the wind tunnel, as James Key explains 'It's a tricky aerodynamic thing. The Sauber C29 had a high nose last year, but a different concept and a different shape. Ever since the 2009 regulations came in, you had this FIA-prescribed centre section of the front wing. It left that area difficult to do...