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Mobil 1 Auto Tech: Inside the R&D Center

May 09, 2014, Ron LeMasters Jr. , NASCAR.COM

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See how Gene Stefanyshyn is affecting change at NASCAR's R&D Center

FOLLOW: Mobil 1 on Facebook When it was first built, the NASCAR Research and Development Center was a work in progress. There was a need for an increased focus on safety, and this was the place to do it. They came up with the Car of Tomorrow, designed to better protect drivers in the event of a frontal impact, and they did a lot of work on energy absorbing foams and barriers on the other end. Today, more than 10 years after its founding, its purpose is still the same -- with a lot more added in. Led by NASCAR Vice-President of Innovation and Racing Development Gene Stefanyshyn, the NASCAR R&D Center is the place where the whole sport is being improved, tweaked, refined and analyzed. Stefanyshyn, with automotive industry chops and a monster IQ, has broken the mission of the R&D Center into five distinct areas, including its original purpose. ... Read More

See how Gene Stefanyshyn is affecting change at NASCAR's R&D Center

FOLLOW: Mobil 1 on Facebook When it was first built, the NASCAR Research and Development Center was a work in progress. There was a need for an increased focus on safety, and this was the place to do it. They came up with the Car of Tomorrow, designed to better protect drivers in the event of a frontal impact, and they d... Read More

Mobil 1 Auto Tech: Full 'Guys and Gears' video series

May 09, 2014, , NASCAR.COM

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'Guys and Gears' gives you a behind-the-scenes look at NASCAR

FOLLOW: Mobil 1 on Facebook Periodically the Mobil 1 Tech Center will give you a behind-the-scenes look at various angles of the NASCAR industry. Come back for more installments of the 'Guys and Gears' video series Here's what 'Guys and Gears' has examined during the 2014 season: -- Exclusive video of new Air Titan 2.0 track dryer -- Behind-the-scenes look at 'Smoke' is the Bandit Trans-Am -- Exclusive video of the NASCAR Research and Development Center ... Read More

'Guys and Gears' gives you a behind-the-scenes look at NASCAR

FOLLOW: Mobil 1 on Facebook Periodically the Mobil 1 Tech Center will give you a behind-the-scenes look at various angles of the NASCAR industry. Come back for more installments of the 'Guys and Gears' video series Here's what 'Guys and Gears' has examined during the 2014 season: -- Exclusive video of new Air Titan 2.0 track dryer -... Read More

Mobil 1 Auto Tech: Looking forward at ... oil spills

April 09, 2014, Ron Lemasters Jr., for , NASCAR.COM

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FLIR technology helps clean-up crews spot problem areas quickly

FOLLOW: Mobil 1 on Facebook The racing surfaces in NASCAR are, theoretically, pristine and clean and ready for the thunder and lightning that NASCAR has always brought on race day. That's the story, anyway. In reality, it's just like any other piece of asphalt or concrete: it has its clean parts and its not-so-clean parts. When you put 850-horsepower machines with slick tires on it, it gets grungy pretty quickly, and the thousands of fans contribute to it, spreading everything from hot dog wrappers to Coke syrup to … you get the idea. One of the substances that gets on the track and gums up the works is motor oil, and motor oil, like Mobil 1, of course, is great inside the engine, but not so grand when it escapes containment in a speed environment. Slippery doesn't begin to cover motor oil on the track. First of all, it is viscous, another word for thick, and it is a lubricant, which means it protects against heat and thermal breakdown. NASCAR tires aren't treaded; therefore, there's nothing to grab onto the asphalt or concrete. From there, it's on. The result is more spilled oil, a lot of metal and c... Read More

FLIR technology helps clean-up crews spot problem areas quickly

FOLLOW: Mobil 1 on Facebook The racing surfaces in NASCAR are, theoretically, pristine and clean and ready for the thunder and lightning that NASCAR has always brought on race day. That's the story, anyway. In reality, it's just like any other piece of asphalt or concrete: it has its clean parts and its not-so-clean parts. Wh... Read More

Mobil 1 Auto Tech: Full 'Smoke is the Bandit' series

March 25, 2014, Pat DeCola , NASCAR.COM

Tony Stewart's take on a movie classic is entertaining, to say the least

RELATED: Tony talks about playing the role of Bandit FOLLOW: Mobil 1 on Facebook | #SmokeIStheBandit Editor's note: Scroll down to see past videos or watch the full series above Episode 5 -- The Big Finish In the final episode of Smoke IS the Bandit with Mobil 1, Bandit and "The Snowman" return from Texarkana with plenty of Mobil 1 and are again welcomed by Big and Lil' Enos, who offer a new challenge to Bandit. Can a sequel be far behind? Fans can also watch a blooper reel with outtakes from the entire cast. Episode 4 -- The Sheriff In episode four of Smoke IS the Bandit with Mobil 1, NASCAR commentator Jeff Hammond joins the fun as he reprises the role of “Sheriff Buford T. Justice.” Maybe Sheriff Justice was chasing Smoke at Bristol on Sunday! The No. 14 car came roaring back! Episode 3 -- The Interview In the third installment of the Smoke IS the Bandit with Mobil 1 video series, our own Bandit gets ready for his close-up with a reluctant interviewer in ESPN's Nicole Briscoe, who flinches at being called "Frog." It has all the levity of a typical Tony Stewart interview sessi... Read More

Tony Stewart's take on a movie classic is entertaining, to say the least

RELATED: Tony talks about playing the role of Bandit FOLLOW: Mobil 1 on Facebook | #SmokeIStheBandit Editor's note: Scroll down to see past videos or watch the full series above Episode 5 -- The Big Finish In the final episode of Smoke IS the Bandit with Mobil 1, Bandit and "The Snowman" return from Texarkana wi... Read More

Mobil 1 Auto Tech: New windshields add to safety

March 06, 2014, Ron Lemasters Jr., for , NASCAR.COM

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Drivers are safer, and vision not affected

RELATED: Visit the Mobil 1 Technology center Ever had a rock kicked up by a car in front of you impact the windshield of your car? Scares the heck out of you, doesn't it? Imagine the object impacting your wind screen weighing more than a pound and traveling at, oh, 200 mph or so. That's what NASCAR drivers face every time out -- an unwelcome passenger could at any moment climb aboard through the windshield, and depending on the angle, could do more than that. "I grew up racing on dirt," said Tyler Reddick, who drives the No. 19 Ford for Brad Keselowski Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. "I'm not even used to having a windshield. On dirt, you see a lot of stuff flying into the car with you, like brake rotors and other parts, and even dirt clods big enough to break your bones." ... Read More

Drivers are safer, and vision not affected

RELATED: Visit the Mobil 1 Technology center Ever had a rock kicked up by a car in front of you impact the windshield of your car? Scares the heck out of you, doesn't it? Imagine the object impacting your wind screen weighing more than a pound and traveling at, oh, 200 mph or so. That's what NASCAR drivers face every time out -- an unwelcome passenger co... Read More

Mobil 1 Auto Tech: getting creative in new qualifying

February 17, 2014, Ron Lemasters Jr., for , NASCAR.COM

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Strategies brewing among crew chiefs as they look for competitive advantage

Read more: Mobil 1 Technology Series | Breaking down the 2014 qualifying format | More tweaks to format The new "knockout" qualifying procedure instituted by NASCAR for 2014 is dynamic, increases the competitive attraction for the teams and fans and gives track operators and television partners a Friday show. It also has spun the heads of drivers, crew chiefs and engine tuners to a fare-thee-well. "Do I use a qualifying setup, or do I make it a race-day setup?" is one of the questions being asked. "How do I keep the engine cool with multiple laps and only a five-minute break?" is another. Perhaps the biggest one is going to be, "When do I go out, how often do I go out and what happens if everybody goes at once?" ... Read More

Strategies brewing among crew chiefs as they look for competitive advantage

Read more: Mobil 1 Technology Series | Breaking down the 2014 qualifying format | More tweaks to format The new "knockout" qualifying procedure instituted by NASCAR for 2014 is dynamic, increases the competitive attraction for the teams and fans and gives track operators and television partners a Friday show.... Read More

Mobil 1 Auto Tech: most important rule change

February 17, 2014, Ron Lemasters Jr., for , NASCAR.COM

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Ride height could make big difference in drivers' ability to race side-by-side

Read more: Mobil 1 Technology Series | Breaking down the 2014 rules package With all that changed in the NASCAR world since the season-ending awards banquet in Las Vegas, the 2014 rules package has flown under the radar. Changes to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format and qualifying procedures garnered lots of attention -- and they are important -- but the rules will have a lasting effect on the way the 2014 racing season transpires. New for 2014 -- at least at the non-restrictor-plate tracks -- are a square leading edge on the splitter, adjustments to the side-skirt and rear fascia and an eight-inch spoiler. The radiator pans will now measure 43 inches by 13 inches. ... Read More

Ride height could make big difference in drivers' ability to race side-by-side

Read more: Mobil 1 Technology Series | Breaking down the 2014 rules package With all that changed in the NASCAR world since the season-ending awards banquet in Las Vegas, the 2014 rules package has flown under the radar. Changes to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format and qualifying procedures garnered lot... Read More

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