Archive for Month: September 2013
Turning, G-Forces and Banked Tracks.
Dover is a fascinating track – twenty-four degrees of banking, but only a mile in length. A student approached me with a question: Higher-banked tracks generate higher centripetal forces – so why doesn’t the track banking appear in the equation for centripetal force? I’ve talked about centripetal forces in detail […]
GearBrain Roundup: Week ending 9/25/13
Been on the road just a little too much lately. Hard to keep up with all the various tasks, but big news brewing soon that will make that a little easier! Here’s some of the science in motorsport stories that got me going this week! @nascarnomics has a histogram of […]
GearBrain Round Up: Week Ending 9/11/13
My attempt to get techy racing articles in one place each week! NY Times has a nice article on safety at Formula 1 road courses. Interesting stats on NASCAR start-and-parkers FIA.com has an article about crash testing in F1 How fast can you go over a speed bump and live? […]
Opinion: NASCAR’s Restart Problem – What Would Einstein Do?
Sigh. So instead of talking about a couple great races this week, we’re focusing on restarts. Again. Everyone, from pundits to drivers, is questioning NASCAR’s decisions to not call penalties on the critical restarts of both the Nationwide and the Sprint Cup races. The rule is that the leader of […]