1998-11-16

The “Real World” - The Human Interface in Optimizing Racing Suspension Dynamics 983074

This paper explores the issues racing engineers face when crewchiefs and drivers do not have a precise understanding of their dynamic suspension systems or the facility to explain what is happening, real time, on the track; and presents original research on formal vs. “on the job training” among Winston Cup teams. The author suggests an approach whereby suspension engineers whose crewchiefs and drivers learn - whatever their formal engineering education -- to think in engineering terms and work in sympathy with what the car says, are better able to approach the limits of their racecars' performance.

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