Rally exhausts

Thursday, August 11, 2011
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Not only is rallying an exciting sport to take part in and to watch, it places unusual demands on many of the components that make up the car and engine. Turbocharged engines in particular, with their anti-lag systems to aid transient response, place... read more
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Compressed natural gas

Thursday, August 11, 2011
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Many years ago, journalists and vehicle road testers used to talk about 'cooking engines'. At the time I understood it to be a term describing the performance of the unit, but I was unsure if it related to a high-performance, highly tuned engine or s... read more
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Oil tanks

Thursday, August 11, 2011
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Where regulations allow, most racecars run a dry-sump oil system, with the engine lubricant scavenged from the crankcase and stored in an external tank. This allows for a higher degree of oil control, a reduction in the possibility of oil surge and s... read more
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Funny Car piston life

Thursday, August 11, 2011
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Mike Neff handles two jobs in the Funny Car category of NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing - he is both the chief tuner and driver of the John Force Racing (JFR) Ford Mustang that currently tops the Funny Car points ranking and is the first car to qualif... read more
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A twist in the tale

Thursday, August 11, 2011
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For all its apparent simplicity, your typical piston ring is a complex device. Required to seal against combustion gases on the power stroke and yet minimise friction on the upstroke, under all conditions of speeds and loads, the task might seem poss... read more
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Peening

Thursday, August 11, 2011
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In the pages of Race Engine Technology and in these short web articles, there have been numerous mentions of the significant benefits of having residual compressive stresses present at the surface of a component. To recap, incorporating a method (or ... read more

Active dynos

Thursday, August 11, 2011
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In the past, most engine development work would take place on passive dynamometers, which allowed only for steady-state power runs to ascertain basic power and torque curves. The advent of computer-controlled 'active' dynos however has revolutionised... read more
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Le Mans transmission

Thursday, August 11, 2011
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Le Mans places abnormal demands on almost every component in a racecar, with the suspension and engine taking a relentless pounding on every lap of the 13.629 km circuit. Also subject to the same war of attrition is the gearbox and driveline. In the ... read more
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