GT exhausts

Thursday, September 27, 2012
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GT racing remains a popular form of car racing, and there are a number of successful national and international race series. The GT classes are well represented at the important Le Mans 24 Hour race - indeed, GT racing seems to have become more popul... read more
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Forging ahead, or not?

Thursday, September 27, 2012
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When an engine builder picks up a con rod bolt, examines it and lubricates it before fitting, he perhaps doesn't consider the manufacturing processes involved. However, it is very likely that the head of the bolt will have been formed by forging. Co... read more
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The carburettor

Thursday, September 27, 2012
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Any engine man these days, no matter how young or old, will have at least a pretty good idea of how electronic fuel injection works. With its speed, temperature and pressure sensors, maps and ECUs, the digital nature of the technology is well underst... read more
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Variable intake

Thursday, September 27, 2012
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The CAN-AM series of the late 1960s and early '70s made a big impression on a younger me, and may in part have kindled my passion for high-performance engines. An 8.1 litre Oldsmobile unit on the dynamometer test stand at Imperial College London and ... read more
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Oil condition

Thursday, September 27, 2012
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Lubrication supply is a key factor in governing the longevity of a race engine; however, the quality of the lubricant is equally important. For many years, the only component ensuring this was a filter to remove damaging particles from the oil. The o... read more
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Circlips

Thursday, September 27, 2012
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There are a number of fasteners that are described as critical in an engine, but if an engineer is asked what these are, he or she will generally give a list of thread fasteners such as con rod bolts or cylinder head studs. Certainly high on any list... read more
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Chemical machining

Thursday, September 27, 2012
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The term 'chemical machining' can cover a wide range of processes, but all are basically characterised by slow rates of material removal which varies according to the geometry of the part, the material and the chemical agent used to remove the materi... read more

Composites

Thursday, September 27, 2012
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Motorsport engineers are constantly striving to create ever-lighter and more efficient components, yet at the same time they must stay within regulatory frameworks and ensure the components are durable under race conditions. Last month we touched on ... read more
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