Instead of taking new cars to the wind tunnel, Ford's bringing the tunnel to the factory.
Mini wants you to know all about its latest, limited-to-2,000 John Cooper Works GP edition. After a stint at the 'Ring to set a time of 8:23, the two-seat-only Cooper has parked itself in the wind tunnel to demonstrate its various wind-cheating features like the engine shield and rear wing.
In between bouts of Olympic games, the official torch that traditionally kicks off the opening ceremonies makes the long journey by a relay of runners to the host site. And you can bet that over the course of years, it has passed through some tricky environmental conditions. But is it ready to endure the unpredictability of British weather?
This week's episode of TRANSLOGIC features Suzy Cody, a GM Aerodynamic Development Engineer who also happens to have blue hair and participate in a Roller Derby league. When not lacing 'em up as "Shovey Camaro," Cody is working diligently on improving the fuel economy of vehicles in the wind tunnel at the GM Tech Center. Basically, aerodynamic efficiency boils down to one metric: drag coefficient (Cd). This is the measurement of how drag force impacts a vehicle's ability to efficiently travel t
Fun though it may be, racing is still an applied science. Perhaps this is most evident in the tech heavy F1 cars. BMW uses a very trick wind tunnel to test their Sauber F1 car in virtually all dynamic conditions to ensure that the aerodynamics give the desired result. This video has a bit of a Kubrick/2001 feel to it, but it's fascinating watching the car "drive" on this gigantic treadmill. As usual, the video does a much better job than a whole bagful of words, so check it out after the jump.
After spending an unhealthy amount of time around a dyno in recent weeks (more on that soon), the benefits of such testing is hardly lost on those of us looking to eek out every last ounce of propulsion potential. But they don't tell the whole tale. Neither do wind tunnels for that matter, as even air traveling upwards of 200 MPH doesn't accurately reflect real world conditions. Enter Haas CNC Racing.