Date registered: Mar 2005
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Toyota sees 4.5 mpg, a 25% improvement...
I thought some parts of bit of this were interesting, but I was stunned that automakers were as blunt and open about how they view NASCAR's fans (see the last paragraph).
Car Engines: The Real Showstoppers At NASCAR Races
Engineers Are Pivotal Part Of Teams
By David Louie
SONOMA, Calif., Jun. 22, 2007 (KGO) - The Bay Area is the focus of this week's NASCAR racing action. The big names are here; Dale Earnhardt Junior, Jeff Gordon, but there's a host of behind the scenes people and technology who make the cars run. they're engineers.
Each of these race cars represents an investment of some $200,000. One-third of that is the engine -- the heart of the car. The rest goes toward other parts -- and engineering.
Engineers in the past five years have become an important part of the racing team.
Derrick Finley, Michael Waltrip Racing: "It's come a longs way. We used to rank right about the shop dogs. We've come a long way. We're up there. We start working with the crew chiefs now."
Derrick Finley has spent 12 years in racing, his team fields three cars here.
New restrictions on how much testing can be done on the track with racing tires, has led to more use of computer simulation. And that makes engineers valuable.
Derrick Finley: "We spend hours upon hours in the wind tunnels and doing center post studies, which is real live data. Then we actually do our simulation to try to validate our simulation."
When they find a way to improve steering, especially in turns, they try to keep it secret. but crews from competing teams work in tight quarters, making secrets tough to keep.
The result is that engineers are sometimes recruited away with offers to double, even triple their pay. It may surprise you that fuel efficiency is a major focus here. Earlier this season, Toyota's race cars were getting only three miles per gallon.
Lee White, Toyota Racing Development Senior V.P.: "Since then, we've not only brought the power of the engine up to be more competitive which you see in the results on the racetrack, but now our fuel mileage is better than four and a half miles per gallon, which is a dramatic increase of about 25-percent."
Does any of this technology trickle down to production cars -- the cars that you and I drive? The automakers say no, it's all about image, and selling trucks to the people who love NASCAR.
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