Future Alternatives

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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High-performance racing engines create a hostile environment with the presence of extreme temperatures and aggressive fluids. The polymers used for rubber seals and mouldings are often extremely costly, where even a simple O-ring can cost upwards of ... read more
Tags :  engine-structure

No room to manoeuvre

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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The modern racing engine, benefiting from many hours of dyno development time and a great deal of simulation, should at least have a well-optimised exhaust system in terms of length. When compared to a Formula One car, sports cars have a lot of room ... read more
Tags :  exhausts

Back to Basics, Part 1

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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I have little doubt that, for many of you reading it, much of this short article and those that follow will be a case of ‘teaching Granny to suck eggs’. However, for those who are involved in engine design, possibly as beginners, an under... read more
Tags :  fasteners

E is for Additives

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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It has been almost twenty years since the European Union introduced the world to E numbers. Initially seen as a somewhat crude attempt to control the use of artificial additives in food, the automatic reaction from the public was to label anything wi... read more
Tags :  fuel-system

Heart health

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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The oil pump in any engine has been likened to the human heart. At the core of operations it provides the essential life-giving fluid to all the other components and surfaces in the system. And while there are many other similarities, unlike the huma... read more
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The Piston and Ring in Harmony

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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A piston can’t do a good job unless it has a good ring pack, and likewise, a good ring pack will be useless without a good piston. Most people will appreciate that the piston ring exists principally to reduce the amount of combustible gases es... read more
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Steel piston tech

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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Ever the innovator, NHRA Funny Car crew chief Austin Coil of John Force Racing is currently investigating the use of JFR-produced forged steel ring land inserts on the Venolia pistons used on 14-time Funny Car John Force’s Ford Mustang. “... read more
Tags :  pistons-rings

Super Finishing Metals

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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For years now, race component manufacturers have closely guarded their proprietary metal super finishing processes. Using increasingly finer grinding mediums to produce the desired surface finish whilst still complying with the precise geometric requ... read more

Jaguar measurement

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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RET was recently invited to Jaguar Land Rover’s PCC – Product Compliance Centre – at its Solihull plant to witness the CO2 emissions testing of the 2009 BTCC race cars. In last month’s Monitor we examined the chassis dynamomet... read more
Tags :  test-equipment

Revamping the NMT

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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Until relatively recently it has been acceptable to keep racing gearboxes relatively simple and add ancillary systems externally. But space inside a racecar is at an ever-greater premium, mainly due to the overriding demands of aerodynamics squeezing... read more
Tags :  transmission
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