HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
RICKZ28
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Lessons to be had
RICKZ28   6/1/2012 2:46:44 PM
NO RATINGS
That's part of the reason I like to go see the races in person, to view the race cars up close, as well as the pit stop area.  I've already been to the NASCAR Cup race this year at AutoClub Speedway in Fontana, California.  I'll probably be going to the IndyCar season finale at the same 2-mile banked-turn oval track this September.  A top level professional sports event is an all-day affair since there's so much besides the actual race.

The revolution of race car safety in the last 12 years is very impressive.  That's a big part of the engineering since the cars are more than powerful enough and fast.  Reliability has also greatly improved, not nearly as many mechanical failures these days.

 

notarboca
User Rank
Gold
Re: Lessons to be had
notarboca   6/1/2012 2:39:41 AM
NO RATINGS
As an engineer, I am definitely fascinated by the racing world.  With NASCAR, who knew?  I thought they put big motors in regular cars and raced around.  WRONG!  These machines are really something else, not only the engines themselves but the chassis, balance, shocks, tires, fuel, safety systems, and so on.  Indy cars and Formula One are really outta this world when it comes to electronics and sensors.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Lessons to be had
Charles Murray   5/31/2012 7:05:34 PM
NO RATINGS
I agree, Beth. If you watched the Indy 500 on ABC Sunday morning, there's a palpable thrill to ithe sights and sounds of the event, even for those of us sitting and watching from our easy chairs.

Rick DeMeis
User Rank
Silver
Behind the scenes at Indy
Rick DeMeis   5/31/2012 1:49:01 PM
NO RATINGS
Readers may want to see how IndyCar racing has changed (or stayed the same) over the last decade. Here's a Design News feature where I got to go behind the scenes at one team's engineering center:
http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=217419

Beth Stackpole
User Rank
Blogger
Lessons to be had
Beth Stackpole   5/31/2012 7:27:43 AM
NO RATINGS
You gotta love America's obession with racing. I always find it hard to believe that NASCAR consistently ranks No. 1 in terms of viewer participation compared with other professional sports. The upside is, as this slide show well points out, there are lots of engineering takeways in tuning performance and on-the-fly design.



Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
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.
Perhaps you didn't know that there are a variety of classes, both live and archived, offered via the Design News Continuing Education Center (CEC) sponsored by Digi-Key? The best part – they are free!
Engineer comic Don McMillan explains the fun engineers have with team-building exercises. Can you relate?
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.
The damage to Sony from the cyber attack seems to have been heightened by failure to follow two basic security rules.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/10/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
11/19/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
11/6/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Jan 12 - 16, Programmable Logic - How do they do that?
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  67


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service