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Cup Race Technology - Volume 7


March 2016

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.

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

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