High tension

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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Those of you who enjoy historic motorsport as well as more modern automotive activities will appreciate that engine spark-ignition systems have come a long way over the years. From the inefficient magneto systems of the early years – which were... read more
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Two into one does go

Thursday, May 16, 2013
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When I was a schoolboy, during mathematics lessons on the subject of ‘long division’ I always remember being told that two into one doesn’t go. The rules of mathematics were something to be followed without question, but these days ... read more
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Connecting it all together

Friday, April 05, 2013
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Weight is the enemy of the performance car – how many times do we hear that in motorsport circles? But if we are paranoid about the weight of the chassis, engine, gearbox and all the other ancillary bits and pieces – even the paint on a c... read more
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The ECU – the holistic approach

Thursday, February 21, 2013
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I don’t know about you but whenever I hear someone talking about the ‘holistic’ approach I tend to recoil with concern. Perhaps it is a reminder of my youth and the hippy 1970s, a time of much promise but little in the way of ultima... read more
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The Downshift

Thursday, January 03, 2013
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One of the skills of a race driver, indeed any driver, years ago was that of changing gear. Being able to change gear quickly and accurately, taking into account the vehicle speed and the ratio being selected, and doing so time after time without any... read more
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Combustion analysis

Thursday, November 08, 2012
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To even begin to understand the processes within the internal combustion engine, knowledge of the pressure in the combustion chamber relative to the crank angle position is surely an absolute prerequisite. Knowing how the combustion pressure as appli... read more
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The power control module

Thursday, September 27, 2012
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If your car has ever broken down you'll know it can be both a humiliating and humbling experience, especially if a little prior warning could have rescued the situation or at least minimised its impact and allowed you to get back to a place of refuge... read more
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Crying foul

Monday, August 13, 2012
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It doesn't seem that long ago when all that was needed to fire up your racer was to change one set of spark plugs for some 'hotter' ones, once the engine was warmed up and ready to go. The procedure used to be commonplace, and while the one set was r... read more
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One sensor, many uses

Tuesday, July 03, 2012
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"So how much information can you get from one sensor" is a question that many will ask at some time or other. A temperature sensor for instance can provide data to the engine ECU to determine the degree of fuelling required. That same information can... read more
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