The Physics of Nascar

The Physics of Nascar

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A physicist explores the science of speed racing With 75 million fans, NASCAR is the #1 spectator sport in America. Now, in The Physics of NASCAR, a scientist explains the intricate and complex way the sport works, in terms that anyone who drives a car?or maybe occasionally looks under the hood?can easily comprehend. Based on her extensive access to NASCAR race shops, drivers, crew chiefs, engine builders, and pit crews during races, Diandra Leslie-Pelecky traces the life cycle of a race car from its creation at top race shops to competing in the door-todoor action of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.In a 2007 five-speed manual transmission Toyota Camry, the gear ratios are 3.54 (first), 2.05 (second), 1.33 (third), 0.97 (fourth) and 0.73 (fifth/overdrive). In first gear, the engine makes about three and a half revolutions for every revolution of anbsp;...

Title:The Physics of Nascar
Author:Diandra Leslie-Pelecky
Publisher:Penguin - 2008-02-14


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