Do It Yourself?

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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Among those people who start out as amateur racers, some will develop a role as an engineer and learn to understand the shortcomings of their production engines in the quest for more horsepower. Of those people, most will choose not to increase horse... read more
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NASCAR

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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In the previous article on NASCAR exhausts 12 months ago, the subject of materials was discussed without addressing the design of the exhaust system itself. The NASCAR regulations offer very specific guidance to the teams about the design and configu... read more
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Torque tensioning

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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The proper pre-loading of cyclically stressed fasteners is crucial to their performance. By pre-load, I mean the tension applied to a fastener through tightening before any service loads are applied. If we are to optimise the design of the fastener f... read more
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The Formula One gearbox lube

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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If the lubricant for a Formula One engine poses one set of challenges then that needed in its gearbox creates some that are wholly different. While the internals of a Formula One V8 engine are familiar, if slightly smaller than many may be used to, t... read more
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Wet sumps

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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Though rare in most competition cars, wet sumps are still found in race series as diverse as touring cars and drag racers. Each of these places different demands on the lubrication system, with engineers trying to strike a balance between ensuring su... read more
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Top Fuel cylinder scuffing

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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Success in the Top Fuel category of NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series competition relies on many different factors, but always comes down to the tuner's success in predicting the atmospheric conditions, the amount of clutch necessary to propel th... read more
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Rings of doom?

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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Followers of Tolkien's epic tales, the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, will know all about the One Ring. A magical thing made from gold, and impervious to damage, the wearer would be invisible to ordinary men and projected him or her into a shadowy wor... read more
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Cryogenics

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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The application of cryogenic treatments to materials has been discussed previously in RET-Monitor. In that article, we went into the basics of the treatment, how it is used as part of the hardening and tempering process for certain special steels, an... read more

Water brake dynos

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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Water brake dynamometers are some of the most popular devices for engine bench testing, thanks to their relative simplicity and low cost. They are also ideally suited to the testing of high-output engines, thanks to the scalability of their design. ... read more
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Touring cars

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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In 2011 the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) introduced the Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC), which is based on a regulation package aimed at reducing costs in the series. Part of this package is the requirement that a 'spec' gearbox be run ... read more
Tags :  transmission
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