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Indytech 101 [Pic]

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Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11749 Posts
Friday, July 18, 2014 5:38:12 PM
Totally open wheels makes it much harder to make the car aerodynamically efficient, a modern F1 has drag values comparable to a truck.


A lot of that is the deliberate aero, though. F1 rules forbid active aero, so you have to run the car with the same aero for the whole race. On the whole, downforce is more important than drag (to different degrees on different tracks, of course).

It would be interesting to see what an F1 team could come up with if they were given free rein. I'm sure the limit would be the driver, but I'm also sure it would beat any lap time on an circuit.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11749 Posts
Friday, July 18, 2014 5:32:51 PM
The horsepower is really not that impressive.


In terms of raw power, true. But Indycars can go round corners very efficiently. Some of the tracks they race on are ovals. On such a track, there are repeated relatively long periods of lateral g-force. A car that could corner efficiently and had much more power than an Indycar would be downright dangerous on an oval track - there would be a non-trivial possibility of drivers blacking out on corners.

ferdyfred
Male, 40-49, Europe
 12085 Posts
Friday, July 18, 2014 4:33:39 PM
@SCfan
Yes it does that....in a straight line,
NASCAR has corners ass hat. with god know how many competitors up your trumpet.
Hell, Ass hat just because .....

durdikkimeng
Male, 50-59, Europe
 699 Posts
Friday, July 18, 2014 3:57:15 PM
The Bristol Fighter.
Produced by Bristol Cars in England.
Two seater sports car available in three options.
The Fighter 525 hp.
The Fighter S 628 hp
The fighter T 1012 hp

CreamK
Male, 40-49, Europe
 1224 Posts
Friday, July 18, 2014 6:54:42 AM
Indycar is good car series, it's real and proper open wheeler. Maybe the only objection is around the tires, specially back-tire which is half covered. Totally open wheels makes it much harder to make the car aerodynamically efficient, a modern F1 has drag values comparable to a truck. But since Indycar is a LOT cheaper series, i can understand that half blocking the rear tire makes sense as it's much easier to control air around the back. For F1 teams, that part of the car design is what costs the most: you can't just witch front wing, you need a new chassis...

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 15102 Posts
Thursday, July 17, 2014 11:14:55 PM
Not bad for a car that can't turn right

Actually, the Indy car series is a mix of street, road, and oval race courses. You're thinking of NASCAR.

Draculya
Male, 40-49, Asia
 12741 Posts
Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:22:24 PM
Not bad for a car that can't turn right

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 15102 Posts
Thursday, July 17, 2014 9:02:02 PM
The horsepower is really not that impressive.

They've been cutting it back every few years for decades because the cars kept getting faster. If they didn't slow the cars down, too many drivers would get killed. Even with less HP, they're considerably faster than NASCAR stock cars.

SCfan
Male, 50-59, Midwest US
 1944 Posts
Thursday, July 17, 2014 7:39:03 PM
The horsepower is really not that impressive. A NASCAR stock car puts out 800hp and a top fuel dragster puts out 8000hp.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11749 Posts
Thursday, July 17, 2014 5:34:31 PM
And Ilmor Engineering in Blighty makes half of the engines in the Indycar series Go Blighty!


Most of the most advanced racing engineering and manufacturing is done in England. Indycar is simpler and lower tech, but it still makes sense to go to the best place for the job if you've got enough money.

Oldfrt
Male, 50-59, Midwest US
 670 Posts
Thursday, July 17, 2014 1:57:53 PM
Nice spam.

drawman61
Male, 50-59, Europe
 6280 Posts
Thursday, July 17, 2014 1:56:26 PM
Makes cricket seem almost interesting.

ferdyfred
Male, 40-49, Europe
 12085 Posts
Thursday, July 17, 2014 1:50:15 PM
And Ilmor Engineering in Blighty makes half of the engines in the Indycar series Go Blighty!

ElectricEye
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 508 Posts
Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:55:46 AM
Link: Indytech 101 [Pic] [Rate Link] - A quick and easy breakdown of the incredible Indycar.


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