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Cup Race Technology - Volumes 1 - 8

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Although stock-appearing, running oval tracks at 200 mph the Cup car generates huge aerodynamic forces. Under the skin the Cup car is purpose-designed for racing albeit around some mandatory components that are strangely archaic. It all adds up to a fascinating engineering challenge. Published annually, Cup Race Technology explains in depth how some of the finest minds in motorsport rise to this fascinating and unique challenge.


Volume 1 contents include:

  • Profile: THE HENDRICK CHEVROLET - Under the skin of a winning Car of Tomorrow
  • Focus: COT CORNERS - Shock absorbers, tires and brakes
  • Focus: COT TRANSMISSION - Gearbox, driveshaft and rear end
  • Insight: ENGINEERING THE TOYOTA - Getting to grips with the new shape of NASCAR
  • Focus: COT FLUID SYSTEMS - Coolers, fuel and oil systems
  • Dossier: COT ENGINES - Inside NASCAR Cup engines
  • Grid - NASCAR Techno Topics 
  • PS: AT THE WHEEL - From the cockpit today and yesterday

Volume 2 contents include:

  • Insight: NASCAR ENGINEERING TOOLS - What tools are available to COT engineers for off-track testing and development?
  • Anatomy: THE MWR TOYOTA - We tear down the Michael Waltrip Racing NASCAR Cup Car of Tomorrow
  • Focus: COT AERODYNAMICS - How NASCAR teams test and improve the aerodynamics of the COT
  • Focus: ENGINEERING THE COT V8 - NASCAR teams are translating the rules into new engine designs and development
  • Focus: COT TRANSMISSION - Despite the rules there is still plenty of scope for gearbox development
  • Insight: DRIVING THE COT - How NASCAR drivers adjust driving styles and car set-ups for the various circuits
  • GRID - The advent of fuel injection in NASCAR
  • PS: PUTTING ON THE BRAKES - Brake systems aren’t an issue at NASCAR circuits – with one exception

Volume 3 contents include:

  • Intro: THE EDITOR - NASCAR is definitely not afraid of change
  • Grid: IN THE NEWS - The latest news from Pit road
  • Profile: RED HORSE RACING TRUCK - Jeff Huneycutt investigates what it takes to make a competitive Camping World truck
  • Insight: SUPERSPEEDWAY ENGINEERING - H.A Mergen looks at the unique challenges of beating the pack on the superspeedway
  • Focus: CORNERS - A Sprint Cup car’s suspension may be simple, but this doesn’t prevent engineers using every trick and technology to make them turn
  • Insight: FUEL INJECTION - The faithful four-barrel has bitten the dust. Wayne Ward investigates the challenges fuel injection presents teams
  • Special Investigation: ENGINEERING THE DRIVER - The car is perfect, the track is perfect, there is only one place left to find those elusive tenths. Ronn Langford looks at engineering the driver
  • Focus: BRAKES - Sprint Cup cars are notoriously under braked, what can brake manufacturers do to improve stopping power and remain inside the regulations?
  • Review: TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENTS - Tiff Daniels highlights the latest engineering developments in the world of Stockcar racing
  • CUP RACE TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORY - The stockcar racer’s resource
  • PS: KEEPING THE SHOW - NASCAR plays a delicate regulatory balancing act 

Volume 4 contents include:

  • Intro: THE EDITOR - NASCAR is entering a new era of cooperation
  • Grid - Technical news from the world of top flight stockcar racing
  • Profile: Roush Fenway Racing Nationwide Ford Mustang - Lawrence Butcher looks at the tie-up between Ford and Roush Fenway Racing, charting development of the Mustang for the Nationwide series
  • Insight: Data Logging - Lawrence Butcher looks into the methods and tools NASCAR teams use to offset the lack of data acquisition under race conditions
  • Focus: Electronics - Wiring systems in NASCAR have changed almost beyond recognition in the past few years. Lawrence Butcher finds out how and why
  • Profile: 2013 Ford Fusion - Lawrence Butcher charts the development of the new Gen 6 Ford Fusion Sprint Cup car, which combines parity of performance with brand identity
  • Focus: Fuel supply systems - NASCAR fuel systems are more advanced than many might think
  • Tech Review - What new components and technologies can NASCAR engineers look forward to in the medium term?
  • P.S: Nascar at Le Mans - In 1976 a very unusual racing exchange took place

Volume 5 contents include:

  • Intro: The Editor - Technical innovation in NASCAR continues apace 
  • Grid - The latest technical news from the world of stockcar racing 
  • Dossier: Chevy SS - Lawrence Butcher charts the development of GM’s latest Cup entrant 
  • Insight: Aero - Despite tight controls, Cup engineers can still find gains in aero performance, as Lawrence Butcher explains 
  • Digest: Dirt Super Late Model - An insight into the technology of dirt racing 
  • Focus: Manufacturing - Lawrence Butcher investigates the resources and equipment teams in NASCAR use to get their cars from drawing board to grid 
  • Tech Review - Lawrence Butcher looks at the latest component developments in NASCAR, and some from outside the sport with potential stockcar applications 
  • Insight: Tires - Dr Diandra Leslie Pelecky gets under the skin of the Cup tire to find technology of surprising complexity 
  • Paddock - NASCAR has made its system of penalties for rule-breakers simpler and more consistent. 
  • PS - Where does NASCAR go next?

Volume 6 contents include:

  • Intro: THE EDITOR - Stockcar racing is ever changing
  • Grid - The latest news from the world of stockcar racing
  • Dossier: KYLE BUSCH MOTORSPORT TOYOTA TUNDRA - Lawrence Butcher talks to Jerry Baxter about Toyota’s dominant Truck
  • Focus: OFF-TRACK TESTING - Test rigs and systems investigated
  • Profile: TOM HARRIS BRISCA F1 - The toughest stockcars in the world under the spotlight
  • Focus: FLUID SYSTEMS - Fluid transfer and cooling systems dissected
  • Insight: DRIVER IN THE LOOP SIMULATION - The latest development in stockcar vehicle simulation explained
  • Insight: CFD - A revolutionary new CFD code that removes the need for user generated meshes
  • PS: WINDS OF CHANGE - Is a composite stockcar a realistic proposition?

Volume 7 contents include:

  • Intro: THE EDITOR - Collaboration emerges and innovation continues in the world of stockcar racing 
  • Grid - The inside track on some of the most interesting recent developments in the NASCAR realm 
  • Dossier: BOB EAST WINGLESS SPRINT CAR - What goes into building a wingless Sprint car for the USAC National series? Lawrence Butcher talks to Bob East, of Beast Cars, to find out 
  • Focus: TRANSMISSIONS - Lawrence Butcher highlights the major developments in NASCAR transmission technology over the past few years 
  • Insight: NASCAR AERO - NASCAR’s senior aerodynamics/vehicle performance engineer Eric Jacuzzi explains the aero development process behind the NASCAR rules packages for its Cup cars 
  • Insight: ROAD COURSES - Lawrence Butcher looks at the challenges of persuading Cup, Xfinity and Truck stockcars to perform as well at road races as they do on ovals 
  • Insight: JOE GIBBS RACING AND DRIVEN RACING OIL - NASCAR’s gear ratio changes in 2015 forced a transmission oil rethink. Stewart Mitchell recounts its development 
  • TECHNOLOGY REVIEW - Data-gathering systems are being unveiled to meet the particular needs of NASCAR teams, as Lawrence Butcher reports 
  • PS: AUSTRALIAN V8 SUPERCARS - NASCAR could learn some change management lessons from this recently and radically revamped series

Volume 8 contents include:

  • Intro: THE EDITOR - Sound engineering practice and harnessing technology not only help win races, they also promote safety
  • Grid: IN THE NEWS - An insight into dealing with the limits placed on new car shapes in Xfinity, Hendrick Motorsports tests out a mobile app for its team, and more…
  • In Conversation: MATT BORLAND - Lawrence Butcher talks to this NASCAR crew chief about his career and the importance of communicating with his driver
  • Dossier: FURNITURE ROW RACING - Despite relatively modest resources, the success of this two-car team compares well against the giants of stockcar racing. Lawrence Butcher reports
  • Insight: 2017 TOYOTA CAMRY CUP BODY - TRD’s technical director Andy Graves tells Lawrence Butcher about the development process behind this latest entrant to the Cup grid
  • Insight: AERO NASCAR’s - Eric Jacuzzi explains the research underpinning the latest regulations
  • Technical Review: NASCAR 2017 - Lawrence Butcher rounds up some recent developments in NASCAR technology
  • Insight: BUMP STOPS - Bump stop set-up is key to on-track success, but how do you decide which system and type of set-up is best? Lawrence Butcher reports
  • Special Investigation: SPRINT CAR CRASH SIMULATION - Lawrence Butcher reports on some research into modelling the effects of collisions on Sprint car chassis
  • Appendix We explain how the three classes of NASCAR racing differ from each other
  • PS: ROTARY INNOVATIONS - The aero war in NASCAR is not a recent thing, as this account of its 1960s origins explains

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