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IndyCar Aerodynamic Body Kits Revealed Side-By-Side

Verizon IndyCar Champion Will Power, tests the Dallara/Chevrolet/Penske aerodynamics body elements on the track at Circuit of the Americas near Austin, Texas. Image Credit: IndyCar

IndyCar Aerodynamic Body Kits Revealed Side-By-Side (kinda')

The evening of Monday, March 10, 2015 saw the final reveal of the aerodynamics body panels (Front Wing, Sidepods, Rear Wing) for the beginning of the third season of the Dallara DW12 chassis.

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Research Team Helps Ford and Future Customers Get a Better Grip on Tire Technology

• Ford, through its dedicated Research and Innovation team, is taking a leadership role in helping to develop new materials for tires
• Ford teams are working with leading tire suppliers and manufacturers to bring these solutions to consumers faster

DEARBORN, Mich., July 6, 2011 – Ford Motor Company has established a unique cross-functional team whose mission is to develop innovative new tires that improve safety, boost fuel economy and enhance vehicle handling.

Located at Ford’s Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, the dedicated tire team works closely with Ford’s Chassis Engineering and Vehicle Engineering functions, as well as leading tire companies, to test new compounds, new tread designs and other innovations.

Most automakers don’t influence significantly the development of the tires they use. But tires—the only component that touches the road while you drive—are one of the most important components of any vehicle.

Because tire tread is the main contributor to rolling resistance, which is simply the measure of force needed to roll the wheel forward, the team has focused its immediate attention on this part of the tire.

Computational Fluid Dynamics Another Key Tool In Development of 2013 NASCAR Fusion

• Ford Racing utilized a key computer method known as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to help determine the proper balance between brand identity and performance for the 2013 NASCAR Fusion.
• The use of CFD enabled Ford Racing to generate a multitude of iterations for the 2013 NASCAR Fusion through this virtual wind tunnel program.
• CFD results in greater efficiency and less cost because it doesn’t rely on physical pieces and wind tunnel time to test and analyze data.

Video of the CFD process can be found at this link: http://youtu.be/UIzhqv38V10

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