Shaping up!

Thursday, September 22, 2011
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Numbers, I would dare to suggest, are the language of engineering. A true and simple enough statement but when used in an engineering context it can only describe the approximate size of things. In the purer forms of science and mathematics, numbers ... 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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Skirt wear on drag boat pistons

Monday, July 04, 2011
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Wayne Gaskamp, of Long Beach, California, builds drag boat engines for driver Mike DeClark's National Jet Boat Association (NJBA) boat, F Bomb, which set the records of 7.15 s Elapsed Time at 144.46 mph on the water at Bakersfield, California, in Apr... read more
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Titanium nitride coatings

Monday, July 04, 2011
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The first decade of the 21st century will probably be remembered for when the benefits of surface coating technology really took off in the wider automotive industry. Although it's something we have known in the performance engine world for a long ti... read more
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Sealing the Wankel engine

Thursday, May 12, 2011
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If you think sealing the gap between the piston and cylinder bore of a conventional reciprocating engine presents something of a challenge, then spare a thought for the problems facing the Wankel engine. Once heralded as the rightful successor to the... read more
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Changing the combination

Thursday, March 31, 2011
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When Bob Vandergriff Jr decided to take his operation full-time in the National Hot Rod Association Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Top Fuel category, he also made the commitment to change his tune-up combination in order to run with the balance of ... read more
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The two-stroke ring

Thursday, March 31, 2011
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Love them or loathe them, and despite being virtually outlawed in international motorcycle racing, two-stroke engines are still the main form of propulsion in the world of karting. With far fewer moving parts and power:weight ratios that most four-st... read more
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Pistons that work

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
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When Rhys Millen Motorsports (RMR) decided to field a car in the 2010 Pikes Peak Hillclimb, it upgraded its Formula Drift engine to compete in the rarified air of the famous Colorado mountains and built an all-wheel-drive closed coupe, the RMR PM580,... read more
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