The Swedish company Leander Bros. is a serious competitor in the European Drag Racing Championship circuit, and this year the team is introducing a 3,500 hp entry into a specific segment of the circuit—the Funny Car segment. But don't laugh: There is nothing funny about this Funny Car.
A Mustang derivative, Leander's Top Methanol Funny Car entry reportedly goes up to 250 mph.
Engineers on the racing team are using IronCAD (www.ironcad.com) software in their race-car design efforts. "It has made it possible for us to evaluate more design concepts," says Ulf Leanders.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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