Slosh simulation

Friday, May 11, 2012
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In the highest echelons of motorsport every system on a car is optimised to the greatest possible extent. For example, the volume of lubricant carried is pared to the minimum in order to reduce overall vehicle weight and the packaging requirements of... 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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Ford's 1964 Indianapolis engine

Thursday, February 09, 2012
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In 1963 a Ford-powered Lotus 29 driven by Jim Clark came tantalisingly close to winning the Indianapolis 500, and was prevented from doing so only by the leading roadster of Parnelli Jones dropping oil on the track. The Lotus was running a developmen... read more
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Wet sumps

Thursday, December 15, 2011
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It is a fact that wet-sump oiling systems are rare in racing. Given the g-loadings that most racecars experience, controlling the oil level while ensuring a constant supply of lubricant is far easier with a dry-sump set-up. However, some series still... read more
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Any hose will do?

Thursday, September 22, 2011
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Oil flow within an engine is something that is given great consideration during the design stage, be it by a manufacturer of a commercial unit or a bespoke race engine. However, ancillaries such as oil coolers and dry-sump systems are sometimes not 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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Oil coolers - the Laminova

Monday, July 04, 2011
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Engine oil is rather like that famous brand of lager that is said to refresh the parts other beers cannot reach, for in cooling the piston undercrown, valvetrain and bearings it is clearly performing a function in those areas inaccessible to the engi... read more
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The wet sump

Thursday, March 31, 2011
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When it comes to any form of competition engine, I prefer my oil systems to be like my Martinis - dry. But as 99% or more of the engines in the world store their oil immediately below the crankcase, it will come as no surprise that some race regulati... read more
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