Apr 7 2009

F1 rewind to 1989

Ayrton Senna Suzuka 1989

Martin Brundle at Monaco

YouTube – F1 1989 アイルトンセナ SUZUKA 予選タイムアタック.


Mar 5 2009

Le Mans, NASCAR, F1 Pit Stops compared

A little while ago I attended the Autoclub 500 NASCAR race with the family. Amazingly fun race, especially when going with people that have never attended something like this before. I have to admit it’s been a while since I’ve attended a NASCAR event and since my most recent race had actually been the Monaco Grand Prix, I couldn’t help but contemplate the differences between the various types of racing. Rather than hit on all my observations, I’ll just devote this post to one that stood out to me. So this one I’ll devote to Pit Stops.

NASCAR Pit Stop

Cup racers pride themselves on the the fact their rims have 5 lug nuts slowing down the process. Indeed by having fewer people, less advanced wheel nuts and less advanced fueling, the NASCAR pit stop is slower than F1 but not by much. It’s actually remarkable how much can be done in less than 20 seconds.

Formula 1 Pit Stop

6.2 Seconds! The F1 pit stop is practically an Olympic sport it happens so quickly. As can be seen from this video though, F1 is such a refined sport now that hundredths of second can win or loose the race.

Le Mans Pit Stop

I thought I would throw this in just to illustrate that every version of racing is somewhat different. The 24 hours of Le Mans has a much slower pace, again somewhat dictated by rules, but also due to the fact that the car is being thoroughly inspected to insure that tenths of seconds saved in the pits do not translate into minutes of downtime on the track over a very long endurance race.

Normal Car

Hmm, so what would happen if a normal car got a race car like Pit stop?

And what would happen if an F1 crew did a pit stop at a NASCAR event? Pixar has already laid out to us what that looks like

;-)


Oct 19 2008

Video, Domestic racing

Another cool video from Mafia Motorsports

MyWs6,C5427,C6Z06,LS1STANG,383CAMARO- Video.


Sep 11 2008

BBC Malibu,supra,c6 z06,kb cobra,whipple cobra,mof- Video


BBC Malibu,supra,c6 z06,kb cobra,whipple cobra,mof

Always good stuff from the MoFo

BBC Malibu,supra,c6 z06,kb cobra,whipple cobra,mof- Video.


Aug 29 2008

A1GP Ferrari- Video


A1GP Ferrari

Ferrari is stepping up to support the new A1GP Racing series with engines and chassis development.  This is a nice introductory video to the testing that is being done at Imola in preperation for the next season.

A1GP Ferrari- Video.