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Tech Center: Remember the Air Titan

February 11, 2014, Ron Lemasters Jr. , NASCAR.COM

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NASCAR's mighty track-drying system takes efficiency to new levels

There is no sadder place than a race track in the rain. Unless it’s a road course, no cars go out on the track when it’s wet, and in NASCAR, only the NASCAR Nationwide Series has done it. That was on a road course as well, in Montreal. When Mother Nature is on a rampage and pop-up showers bedevil the paying public, what’s a racer to do? If you’re NASCAR, you call for the Titan. ... Read More

NASCAR's mighty track-drying system takes efficiency to new levels

There is no sadder place than a race track in the rain. Unless it’s a road course, no cars go out on the track when it’s wet, and in NASCAR, only the NASCAR Nationwide Series has done it. That was on a road course as well, in Montreal. When Mother Nature is on a rampage and pop-up showers bedevil the paying public, what’s a racer ... Read More

Tech Center: NASCAR feels carbon fiber impact

February 11, 2014, Ron Lemasters Jr. , NASCAR.COM

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Adding carbon fiber makes it seem like space age for the race age

Video: Watch sledge-hammer test on carbon fiber hoods When the new Generation-6 car made its on-track debut last year at Daytona, there was a lot of talk about the new lines and the fact that the new Ford, Chevrolet and Toyota resembled the actual production cars. They weighed less, too, which is important. Less weight means a better power-to-weight ratio, and better power-to-weight means more speed -- theoretically, anyway. It definitely has helped lower the car’s center of gravity, which was higher when the Gen-5 was introduced. A savings of 160 pounds -- 100 on the right side and 60 on the left -- might not sound like much, but it makes a huge difference in trying to get one of the cars through a corner. Part of that weight savings came in the form of different materials in the body panels. Yes, NASCAR has entered the world of composites on the outside of the car instead of just inside the mainly sheet steel skin. ... Read More

Adding carbon fiber makes it seem like space age for the race age

Video: Watch sledge-hammer test on carbon fiber hoods When the new Generation-6 car made its on-track debut last year at Daytona, there was a lot of talk about the new lines and the fact that the new Ford, Chevrolet and Toyota resembled the actual production cars. They weighed less, too, which is important. Less weight means a b... Read More

Tech Center: Gen-6 car makes strong debut

November 12, 2013, Ron Lemasters Jr., for , NASCAR.COM

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Potential tweaks during offseason could make model even better

Read more: Mobil 1 Technology Hub At the beginning of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, the excitement around the new car was nearly palpable. Lighter, racier-looking and a step up in technology, the Generation-6 car made its debut at Daytona and promptly started setting records. How many? Glad you asked. Entering the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the new car had set track records in 19 of 31 qualifying sessions this season, at tracks from tiny Martinsville to Charlotte, Michigan, Pocono, Indianapolis and Texas. And they weren't cheap records, either. All of them were more than a mile per hour faster than the previous records. As the final race of the season looms this weekend, there's a lot going on behind the scenes to make adjustments to the record-setting machine. In the everlasting pursuit of that elusive "race-ability," NASCAR and its technology team are working overtime on the aerodynamics of the new car, which are much slipperier than that of the Gen-5 car, to improve the side-by-side aspects of competition. ... Read More

Potential tweaks during offseason could make model even better

Read more: Mobil 1 Technology Hub At the beginning of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, the excitement around the new car was nearly palpable. Lighter, racier-looking and a step up in technology, the Generation-6 car made its debut at Daytona and promptly started setting records. How many? Glad you asked. Entering the s... Read More