The Physics of Racing

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The Physics of Racing

Postby SamTwice » Wed Nov 16, 2016 6:28 pm

Join us for an evening of learning the physics of automotive racing with Dr. Andre Marziali.

Please RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIp ... rm?c=0&w=1

Date: Monday November 21st
Time: 6:45 - 8:00 PM
Location: BC Cancer Research Centre (675 West 10th Ave, Vancouver, V5Z1L3)
For more information and details, email samjones@bcgsc.ca or ask a UBCSCC exec.

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Automotive racing is an exceptionally thrilling sport that combines some of the most advanced technical and scientific development pursued in sport, with highly demanding human requirements, both physical and psychological. To the observer, the challenges of the sport, both from the driver’s and car manufacturer’s point of view, are frequently not apparent.

This presentation will focus on the science of driving a car to, and beyond, its grip limits. While entire engineering textbooks are devoted to this topic, this talk will provide an overview the intricate balance of driver choices and vehicle physics that govern the driver’s ability to control the car through high speed turns. From this naturally follows a discussion of car modifications that can turn a regular road car into a race car.

** While relevant applications to improve safety of everyday driving will be discussed, the techniques covered in this talk should NOT be practiced on the street. For those interested we will provide information on inexpensive, coached events where one can practice racing techniques on track. **

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This seminar will start with the basics (otherwise new drivers will be lost).

Andre will be covering topics including:
    -the limits of race car handling: tire grip
    -tire characteristics and slip angle
    -traction budget and the g-circle
    -exceeding the traction budget: understeer in braking, oversteer under power
    -racing lines
    -car suspension
    -chassis moments and balance
    -differences between a street car and a race car
    -basic chassis set up
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Re: The Physics of Racing

Postby pistachoo » Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:09 am

Man... I should check the forum more often! lol :)
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