Fixing the fixings

Tuesday, May 05, 2009
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A leading race engine manufacturer ran into fastener problems recently when out of the blue they suffered two separate incidents of flywheel bolt failure, each on a different specification of engine, during the same test. One failure had occurred on ... read more
Tags :  fasteners

The Greening of Formula One

Tuesday, May 05, 2009
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It seems ironic to think that amid the hype of the introduction of kinetic energy recycling systems (KERS) for the 2009 season, the real ‘greening’ of our premier racing category started precisely one year before. At that time the ‘... read more
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Commonality the aim

Tuesday, May 05, 2009
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NASCAR is moving toward parts commonality in nearly every facet of its competition. Currently, discussions are underway to produce an oil pump system that is common to all three of NASCAR’s national series: Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series and Cam... read more
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Steel monotherm diesel race piston

Tuesday, May 05, 2009
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The piston lives at the interface of two hostile environments. One dominated by extreme temperature and pressure, and the other by inertia, kinetic energy and friction.Piston development is an unceasing challenge for the powertrain engineer and the t... read more
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Piston ring trends

Tuesday, May 05, 2009
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The piston rings in an engine serve to act as a seal to prevent the escape of fresh inlet charge and combustion products into the crankcase, and also to prevent an excess of crankcase oil from reaching the combustion chamber. As such they are an impo... read more
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Dynamometer Testing Facility

Tuesday, May 05, 2009
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RET was recently invited to Jaguar Land Rover’s PCC – Product Compliance Centre – at their Solihull plant to witness the CO2 emissions testing of the 2009 BTCC race cars. Whilst there we had the opportunity to see what goes into a t... read more
Tags :  test-equipment

Back Torque Limiters

Tuesday, May 05, 2009
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Back Torque Limiters - what are they and why would you possibly need one?More commonly known as slipper clutches the back torque limiter has been one of the major growth businesses in motorcycling during the last few years.Its all about grip and smoo... read more
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In a nutshell

Tuesday, May 05, 2009
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Despite the general movement of production engines toward smaller displacement, overhead-cam designs, single-cam-in-block-pushrod-rocker arm V8 engines are firmly rooted in several popular segments of the stateside motor sports world (NASCAR Cup, Tru... read more
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Profiles critical to performance

Tuesday, May 05, 2009
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There is a conventional wisdom that has developed around intake valve configuration: cylinder heads equipped with ports inclined at narrow valve angle to the valve stem should have conical, or ‘tuliped’ back faces, and ports that have sig... read more
Tags :  valvetrain
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