The Piston and Ring in Harmony

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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A piston can’t do a good job unless it has a good ring pack, and likewise, a good ring pack will be useless without a good piston. Most people will appreciate that the piston ring exists principally to reduce the amount of combustible gases es... read more
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Steel piston tech

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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Ever the innovator, NHRA Funny Car crew chief Austin Coil of John Force Racing is currently investigating the use of JFR-produced forged steel ring land inserts on the Venolia pistons used on 14-time Funny Car John Force’s Ford Mustang. “... read more
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Super Finishing Metals

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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For years now, race component manufacturers have closely guarded their proprietary metal super finishing processes. Using increasingly finer grinding mediums to produce the desired surface finish whilst still complying with the precise geometric requ... read more

Jaguar measurement

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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RET was recently invited to Jaguar Land Rover’s PCC – Product Compliance Centre – at its Solihull plant to witness the CO2 emissions testing of the 2009 BTCC race cars. In last month’s Monitor we examined the chassis dynamomet... read more
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Revamping the NMT

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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Until relatively recently it has been acceptable to keep racing gearboxes relatively simple and add ancillary systems externally. But space inside a racecar is at an ever-greater premium, mainly due to the overriding demands of aerodynamics squeezing... read more
Tags :  transmission

Hollow drag

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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The use of hollow stem titanium intake valves is slowly beginning its reach into the drag racing community, as a few Top Fuel teams are taking on the use of these weight saving and power enhancing parts that are used in many other series. Sometimes i... read more
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Valve spring destruction

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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Roy Johnson, engine builder for son Allen Johnson’s NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Dodge Stratus, lives to demolish the valve springs provided by Performance Springs, Inc. (PSI). “Valve springs are an ongoing problem for ... read more
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Burning the cap

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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The Pro Stock contingent of National Hot Rod Association Full Throttle Drag Racing competitors has always had a problem with pushrods: they just can’t find a way to stop them from burning up, particularly at the cap. For two years, Terry Manto... read more
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The future

Tuesday, May 05, 2009
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Given current Formula One Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) rules for Formula One, teams have found that the centre of gravity height and weight distribution penalty is less when employing batteries as the storage medium rather than a flywheel. N... read more
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