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Getting To Know Joey Hand At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Joey Hand prior to the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix weekend.  Image Credit: 2015 Brandon O'Brien / Motor Driven Images

Getting To Know Joey Hand At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca  
Interview By: Brandon O'Brien for Performance & Racing Tech Talk (PRTT)
Photography By: Brandon O'Brien / Motor Driven Images unless otherwise specified

Prior to the start of the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix weekend we had an opportunity to have an interview with Daytona Prototype Driver Joey Hand.  Well known for his driving skills and prowess in both the American Le Mans Series driving for BMW Team RLL and also for Chip Ganassi Racing in the Riley-BMW prototype in the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

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Motor Culture, Social Media, And The Search For Creations Past

Image of a 1963, Derbi 50cc 7-speed Grand Prix motorcycle. Image Credit TOURNESOL via Philippe de Lespinay on his Facebook page

Motor Culture, Social Media, And The Search For Creations Past

Funny what pursuits in motor culture one finds bounding through social media news feeds.

In this case, a submission by driver, collector, historian, builder, standards judge, and artist (more could have been added) Philippe de Lespinay about his past in Grand Prix motocycle racing and the query on a model built and presented to a onetime benefactor to his exploits.

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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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