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A Have you ever regretted the decision to buy the team back No, never. And I never will, although I knew that keeping the team alive would be a very difficult task. But if I hadn't taken the plunge, every day I'd have been asking myself why. We've cleared cnc obstacle after another from our path. When I compare the situation a year ago to where we are today, everybody in the team can be prcud of what we've achieved. a The team's progress early in the season was very slow. What was going through...

Semiindependent Design Using Superimposed Suspension Elements

Inventor Gil Scigalski of Illinois sent us the following description of his concept for a semi-independent suspension 'In its general layout the design resembles a Ford twin I-beam suspension, but with the characteristic long overlapping swing axles pivoting from unsprung rather than sprung parts of the vehicle. The unsprung parts consist of vertically aligned, chassis-mounted struts similar to the sliding pillars used on Morgan sports cars. In addition to transversely locating its associated...

Base Jump

BTCC team, Motorbase Performance, is to switch from BMWs to Fords for this season's championship. Motorbase, which has run BMWs since 2008, has now bought three Focus STs from Arena Motorsport, which itself this year switches to he newer model Focus, and intends to run at least wo of them. Mountune Racing has been entrusted with the work on the NGTC-spec petrol engines the team intends to use. Meanwhile, the two BMWs Motorbase has successfully campaigned in recent seasons have been put up for...

Engineering Sdlutidns

Making a modern version of an iconic racecar is never an easy task, but Chevron seems to have done it with the all-new CR8 t is easy just to resurrect a charismatic name that shares nothing with its predecessor, but director of operations at Chevron, Helen Bashford-Malkie, and the current team understand that indefinable something that is a Chevrcn, and have ensured it can be found in the GR8. Ask any aficionado of the marque and their favourite Chevron will almost certainly be either the B8 or...

F11d Chassis By Chassis

In reality, the FIT 0, as it appeared in the 2010 season, was always in mkO configuration, running the same wing package at all circuits, Monaco and Monza included. Dallara's engineers had focused on creating a strong basic package for testing, but that was what was run on the car all season. 'When you go back to F1, you don't know where he others are, but we knew we were lacking in downfcrce initially. That is quite normal, though, as doing aero developments is exactly what F1 teams do. We put...

Militant Accounts Dept

Racecar Engineering spoke with a well known hose and fittings supplier to A1 GP who suffered no financial loss when A1 GP dd glassy images are, of course, no guide ta reality flow, and suppliers can gain ex ra business by avoiding such draconian requests of their customers. In doing so, though, the consequences of default are collapsed. The secret apparently was the supplier's 'militant accounts department'. Sales to A1 GP were initially contracted via Lola, which built the first series all too...

Right Td Reply

Despite extensive use of lightweight composite components, as shown above. Bloodhound is still much heavier than older cars like Bluebird CN7 Mach 1.35 at ground level, it is consuming more fuel in one seccnd than an alcoholic party would consume in the whole Christmas holiday. To be more specific, at maximum speed, Blocdhound S5C is losing mass at the rate of more than one per cent every second. You cannot keep that up for many seconds. Another little matter that Andy Green will have thought...

The Cdswdrth Xd

Perhaps inevitably, the decision became a blend of objective analysis and subjective opinion, coupled with the aforementioned desire not to follow the crowd. Menzies 'Some of the big V8s seem to have almost unusable levels of torque, whereas the Cosworth XD seemed to be more like a big motorbike engine, with lower torque and lots of revs,' to which he might have added, 'like I had become used to with the supercharged Hayabusa'. And sequential gearboxes with flat-shift...

Xs Power Batteries

THE MARKET FOR dashboard logger systems is constantly expanding, with units like this GET MD3-Evo Pro slowly but surely replacing conventional analogue gauges conpletely. The MD3 is capable of displaying all key vehicle data, as well as lap and split times, thanks to ts in-built GPS based data logger, which features eight 0-5V analogue inputs, four 0-12V analogue inputs and five digital inputs. The dash unit is housed in a hard anodised aluminium case with a back lit LED screen and additional...

Race Pak

PCMS (POWER CONTROL MODULES) are becoming increasingly importart as racecar electronics become more and more complex, and CAN Bus systems can now be found in cars competing at all levels of molorsport, right down to grass roots level. The latest company to join the market is US-based RacePak, with its new, fully programmable SmartWire module. The unit features a total of 30 output channels, made up of eight 20 Amp channels and 22 rated at 10 Amps. All 0' the channels can be user-defined for...

Innovate Ot2

IF YOU THOUGHT IPhone apps were simply for having fun, think again. US-based Innovate Motorsport recent y unveiled the OT-2, a device that allows data to be collected from a vehicle's OBD socket and analysed wirelessly using an IPhone app. The OT-2 simply plugs into a vehicle's diagnostics port and, using its built-in wireless transmitter, sends it to your IPhone, where it can be viewed using the free LogWorks app. This software allows users to scan for vehicle faults, view key engine data and...

First Principles

Chassis consulting service primarily serving oval track and road racers. Here Mark answers your chassis set-up and handling queries. If you have a question to put to him Cmail markortizauto windstream.net Tel +1 704-933-8876 Write Mark Ortiz 155 Wankel Drive, Kannapolis NC 28083-8200, USA THIS MONTH B Is it possible to have a suspension with zero camber change in both ride and roll Many semi-independent designs can be configured to have a little camber change and scrub in both ride and roll and...

Info

About 7pm and work until four or five in the morning. He was doing the gearbox, Tim did wishbones and uprights and I was doing monocoque and bodywork. That's how I first got involved in composites.' Rinland recalls Brunner as very innovative and the experience as very valuable. 'It was a better opportunity than on a bigger team,' he says, highlighting the variety ot tasks offered. '6ven then, people were starting to specialise.' an engineer than a racer. Getting the right compromise is the most...