Formula 1 Pre-Season Testing Technical Gallery
Racecar Engineering Magazine
by Racecar Engineering
3d ago
The fleet of 2024 Formula 1 cars burst into life in Bahrain this week as pre-season testing got under way. It gave a chance to take first glances at some of the main technical developments each team made over the winter, building on what they shared (or didn’t) during their respective season launches. Here is our technical gallery from Bahrain International Circuit, which will be updated as the event goes on. It includes detail of the Red Bull RB20’s intriguing new sidepod inlet that is much narrower than the design that featured on last year’s championship-winning RB19. Red Bull RB20 sidepod ..read more
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How Audi Developed a History-Making Hybrid Dakar Winner
Racecar Engineering Magazine
by Andrew Cotton - Editor
3d ago
At the third time of asking, Audi claimed its first overall victory at the Dakar Rally with the innovative Audi RS Q e-tron. Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz became four-time winners of the gruelling desert event despite not winning a stage, but their superior reliability enabled them to claim a breakthrough triumph for a hybrid drive car. The Audi Dakar project that prevailed in the sands of Saudi Arabia this month has evolved considerably since it was launched in 2020. The initial focus was on being the first vehicle to compete with electric drive, but in the second year, attention switched to im ..read more
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The Unused Glickenhaus 007 LMH Upgrade Package
Racecar Engineering Magazine
by Daniel Lloyd
2w ago
Podium Advanced Technologies designed a substantial set of performance upgrades for the Glickenhaus 007 Pipo that ultimately never made it on to the American company’s LMH car. Images of models based on simulations, published in the latest issue of Racecar Engineering, show plans for a revised aerodynamic package that was drawn up to be ready to use in last year’s FIA World Endurance Championship. The upgrades were mainly aimed at enhancing stability under high downforce conditions, increasing airflow to the underfloor and reducing the power of the cooling system. Podium served as the lead tec ..read more
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Alpine Took ‘Bold New Approach’ with A524 Development
Racecar Engineering Magazine
by Daniel Lloyd
2w ago
Alpine took a ‘bold new approach’ when developing its latest A524 Formula 1 car after a challenging season last year, according to the team’s technical director Matt Harman. The A524, revealed on Wednesday, features several new features and improvements over the A523, which marked a step back for Alpine in terms of results. The Renault brand, which operates its F1 programme between an engine facility at Viry-Chatillon in France and a factory at Enstone in the United Kingdom, dropped from fourth to sixth in the constructors’ standings after two years of the current ground effect regulations. Ha ..read more
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Daytona 24 Hours Analysis: Three Big Talking Points from IMSA Season-Opener
Racecar Engineering Magazine
by Andrew Cotton - Editor
3w ago
Racecar Engineering editor Andrew Cotton provides his three big technical talking points from the GTP class after another exciting Daytona 24 Hours. Porsche’s Perseverance Porsche won the Daytona 24 Hours, achieving its first overall victory at the event in 21 years, but it was not an easy run to the flag for the Penske factory team. An issue under heavy braking meant that the No. 6 Porsche 963, which finished fourth, picked up multiple penalties for exceeding the power parameters allowed for the LMDh prototypes competing in the GTP class. While the winning No. 7 Porsche was not similarly pena ..read more
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Dacia Reveals Sandrider Ahead of 2025 Dakar Campaign
Racecar Engineering Magazine
by Daniel Lloyd
3w ago
Dacia has revealed initial details of its Sandrider rally-raid machine that will bid for overall honours in the Ultimate T1+ class at next year’s Dakar. The Prodrive-built car will be powered by a 3-litre V6 twin-turbo engine with direct injection, producing a maximum power output of 360bhp to traverse the Saudi Arabian desert. It will have four-by-four drive, with a six-speed sequential gearbox and double wishbone suspension at the front and rear. Suspension travel will reach 350mm over the dunes and the car will run on BF Goodrich 37-inch tyres. Dacia and Prodrive have put emphasis on weight ..read more
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Porsche welcomes shift to ‘normal engineering work’ on Daytona return
Racecar Engineering Magazine
by Daniel Lloyd
1M ago
Porsche is welcoming a focus on ‘normal engineering work’ ahead of its LMDh car’s second Daytona 24 Hours appearance this weekend after battling a range of technical challenges during its debut season. The German company’s factory LMDh director Urs Kuratle has been upbeat heading into this weekend’s IMSA SportsCar Championship season-opener where the works Penske team is running two Porsche 963s. It is backed up by single-car efforts from customer teams Proton Competition and JDC-Miller Motorsports. The mentality is distinctly different compared to 12 months ago when Porsche pitched up to Dayt ..read more
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How Audi Developed a History-Making Hybrid Dakar Winner
Racecar Engineering Magazine
by Andrew Cotton - Editor
1M ago
At the third time of asking, Audi claimed its first overall victory at the Dakar Rally with the innovative Audi RS Q e-tron. Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz became four-time winners of the gruelling desert event despite not winning a stage, but their superior reliability enabled them to claim a breakthrough triumph for a hybrid drive car. The Audi Dakar project that prevailed in the sands of Saudi Arabia this month has evolved considerably since it was launched in 2020. The initial focus was on being the first vehicle to compete with electric drive, but in the second year, attention switched to im ..read more
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Wickens: Adaptive Racing is a Market with ‘Untapped’ Potential
Racecar Engineering Magazine
by Daniel Lloyd
1M ago
Technological innovation to adapt racecars has helped drivers with life-changing injuries to return to the wheel and, in some cases, get back to winning races and championships. Alex Zanardi, who had both legs amputated after a CART accident at the Lausitzring in 2001, went on to compete for several seasons with prosthetic limbs and then hand controls, achieving success in touring cars and GTs. IndyCar team owner and former driver Sam Schmidt was paralysed below the neck in a crash at Walt Disney World Speedway in 2000 but went on to complete the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb using a bre ..read more
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Racecar Engineering February 2024 Issue Out Now
Racecar Engineering Magazine
by Racecar Engineering
1M ago
Inside the Racecar Engineering February 2024 issue:   Red Bull’s dominant F1 season with RB19 New BoP system in IMSA’s GT3 class One team’s journey at the Bathurst 1000 Race engineer on the importance of clear language   Adaptive racing technology …and much more! Subscribe here today / Single issue Red Bull’s dominant F1 season with RB19: IMSA’s new BoP system for GT3: Fly-on-the-wall with a Bathurst 1000 team The post Racecar Engineering February 2024 Issue Out Now appeared first on Racecar Engineering ..read more
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