"The Metaphysics of
Motorsports" – 100 Editorials
On the Human Element in Racing Technology
(Originally published as a series in Race Car Engineering Magazine)
Now all are available
on One CD-ROM
Contents, by number / year
4/94 “Formula NONE” – A racing series where there would be no
technical rules, except for safety.
5/94 The tandem ride-along racer – the original idea before they
actually did it in F1 and sprint cars.
6-94 Making “F-NONE” work – how to have both a spec-car series and a
separate free-tech car series.
1-95 Equalizing cylinder performance -- how to Find treasures in the
fabulous lost-power mine.
2-95 Undone research – driver feedbacks, tire Cf Stagnation, and
downforce measurement devices.
3/95 The coastdown tunnel – a way to measure aero without
computerized fluid dynamics or a wind tunnel.
4-94 Protection of racing secrets – from competitors, without offending
your friends in the media.
5-94 Two races without restrictions – the open-road Challenge and the
6-95 Personal horsepower in racing – the importance Of individual power
and control, and who has it.
1-96 Computerized expert systems – analyzing a Racing expert and
putting it all into a computer.
2-96 Driving race cars to the track – overcoming The stigma and the
3/95 How to make a winning racecar – engineer. The raw materials,
training, traits, experience.
4-95 Lessons from crashes and junkyard hulks. Studying the catastrophic
collapse of structures.
5-95 Outrageous vehicle stunts in movies – and lessons for racing
6-96 A race engineer designs a getaway car. And a movie script to
use it in.
1-97 How to make a chassis dyno – Out of that semi-tractor in your
2-97 The FBI’s own stealth getaway racecar -- And NASCAR’s own inertial
3-95 Internet racing resources -- An always out-of-date story.
4-96 Electric and hybrid vehicle design -- What race car engineering
5-96 The “secret of success” in racing – Foresight, logistics and
6-97 Racing seat safety with foam-in-place – And a case of mistaken
7-97 The spectator appeal of motorsports – And Penske’s new
8-97 One-minute expert answers – To common auto/racing questions.
1-98 More on: spectator appeal, Penske’s Speedway, racing films, and
2-98 The blind pursuit of racing innovation – In spite of endless
3-96 Dirt track racing impressions – Extreme asymmetry and the need for
4-97 Human G-limits in racing – And other stressful activities.
5-97 Recovering wasted braking energy – Calculations and
6-98 Real racers wear protection – From hearing loss and tinnitus.
7-98 Racing roll cage applications – Street survivability for your
8-98 Obsessive-compulsives in racing – Some engineers think of nothing
9-98 Getting kids started in racing – And retiring to avoid the agony
10-98 When not to give up the race – Finishing on 3 wheels.
1-99 Data acquisition -- coaching drivers And spying with engine sound
2-99 How to test chassis torsional rigidity – A demo on an impressive
3/97 Racing against your favorite driver – Electronically,
real-time, at home.
4-98 The dragster driving experience – Spectacular and not as simple as
5-98 Driver-crewchief communication – Sometimes like learning a foreign
6-99 Learning real racing knowledge – With honesty, humility, validity,
7-99 Debunking popular racing myths – Toe, Ackerman, lines, Cf,
8-99 Superstar driver characteristics – Extreme sensitivity,
flexibility, and focus.
9-99 Going to data acquisition school – And an introduction to track
10-99 The market for race engineers – Brokers, qualifications,
1-2/00 Drag chutes and arrestor cables – Why not use them on
closed courses also?
3/00 The superspeedway driving experience -- Not in an Indycar,
but more than close enough.
4/00 The ancient roots of racing technologies – Breakthroughs and
revolution in the sixties.
5/00 Ten technical things I learned – By going to a Claude
6/00 Autopsy – determining the cause of death – Of auto engines,
con rods, and bearings.
7/00 Miscellaneous observations in the pits – Celebrities,
marketing, jobs, and rule books.
8/00 Formula SAE judging considerations –
Unwritten rules on being competitive.
9/00 GPS applications in racing – Track mapping, and optimizing
10/00 Automatic data “self-analysis” – Using “fuzzy logic” for
11-0 Think fast, during pitstops – Using “Junkyard Wars Challenge” for
12-0 A compulsive innovation addiction -- Inventors Anonymous – they
1-01 Lessons from Battlebots -- Applied to the decline of racing
2/01 SAE Motorsports Proceedings review – Reviewing 38 technical
papers in 38 sentences.
3/01 Race Car Engineering and Mechanics – Summarizing the 2002
4/01 Success in two words: “read” and “test.” The “test one
change” rule is no longer valid.
5/01 Comparison of movies and motorsports – A perfect parallel in
6/01 Racing, status, and arrogance – The rise and fall of pretty
7/01 Five new technologies – Tire dynamics, pressure sensing and
control, PDA’s, a free sim.
8/01 Competence over complexity – “Nothing works, and nobody can
9/01 Formula SAE 2001 – flashy innovation -- or the strictly
logical rational approach.
10/01 Three affordable new electronic tools – Lambda sensor, tire
transmitter, GPS receiver.
11/01 The good old days – I remember when – we analyzed data with
sticks and rocks.
12/01 The driving-engineering tradeoff – And “angel” investment
in racing products.
10/02 Race car engineering education – decisions based on your
needs and goals.
2/02 Single-cylinder racing for youth – realistic beginnings with
3/02 PRI-SAE race engineering conferences – Ideas for
technical paper presentations.
4/02 Why and how to write technical articles – Pitch, dream,
research, germinate, design.
5/02 Race engineering schools near Charlotte – Clemson,
Rowan-Cabarrus, UNCC, UTI.
6/02 Crate engines – the coming thing – Another way to level the
7/02 Wild ideas to equalize competition – Or otherwise increase
8/02 Saving racing – what would you do? And avoidance of
FSAE design stagnation.
9/02 Offering a hand – held computer. Having your own
expert track setup advisor.
10/02 Formula SAE – what does it take? Dedication,
specialists, timing, development.
11/02 Race-preparation time-management – second only to knowledge
12/02 Things I want to remember – from the “good old days” of
1/03 Twenty tire-temperature taking tips – a critical skill in
2/03 Driving an asphalt-oval midget – How many parts are there to
3/03 PRI and SAE Motorsports 2002 – For recognition: talk, for
4/03 Engineers in NASCAR – history – and their present and future
5/03 Re-thinking conventional wisdom – Especially when the
6/03 DARPA racing self-guided vehicles – off-road, for a million
7/03 The ultimate in pit-lane PDA’s – a sampler of plug-in
modules for racing.
8/03 Comparing old and new Formula 1. Trouble-shooting, and
9/03 Racing sims – unrealistic feedbacks – but increasingly
seductive and addictive.
10/03 Life and death of drivers and series – but technical
knowledge always survives.
11/03 My opinions -- Ban aero downforce, eliminate the driver,
tech writer arguments.
12/03 Stunt driving and donut school – for learning high-speed
1/04 Aero coastdown test techniques -- How to do it yourself with
2/04 Drifting, or powersliding for points – The odd chassis
3/04 DARPA self-guided vehicle setup – At Carnegie-Mellon,
4/04 PRI 2003 – one disagreement – Six sexy new technologies, a
5/04 A Japanese-American NASCAR engine – Design considerations
and technical analysis.
6/04 Racing’s most innovative transmissions – from offshore boats
to Formula 1 automatics.
7/04 DARPA self-guided race -- analysis – Lessons to be learned
from the failures.
8/04 A few of the next 100 topics -- Self-guided racecars, how to
9/04 Confessions of a racing rulesbender -- My own secret tricks
never before exposed.
10/04 This summary of the first 100 --