John McCaully is the owner of Industrial Automation and Control, a consulting outfit with customers in the air and water treatment industries. In his other life, he is owner of Our Gang Racing, which runs a Pontiac Firebird on the International Hot Rod Association's drag-racing circuit.
The car boasts a 1,380 hp, 700 cubic-inch engine, which allows it to reach over 200 mph on its quarter-mile runs. The team competes in the Top Sportsman class, which in drag racing circles is regarded as the last true "no rules" category—fewer limitations regarding body styles and engine components, and no limits on engine displacement. Thus cars in this class possess some of the most radical chassis designs and mechanical innovations. Regulations permit electronic driving aids and other leading-edge technologies not typical in other racing classes.
A bold, gold, open-air coupe may not be the ticket to automotive nirvana for every consumer, but Lexus’ LF-C2 concept car certainly turned heads at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show. What’s more, it may provide a glimpse of the luxury automaker’s future.
The complexity of diesel engines means optimizing their performance requires a large amount of experimentation. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is a very useful and intuitive tool in this, and cold flow analysis using CFD is an ideal approach to study the flow characteristics without going into the details of chemical reactions occurring during the combustion.
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