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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Put your foot down

ENGINEERING - The story of making track cars go even faster than they do already (scary)

The problem

Race teams are constantly looking for a competitive advantage. Something that will give them a little edge over the next driver going into a corner or accelerating up the straight. The pedal box assembly in a track car consists of an accelerator, brake and clutch pedal. It includes the supporting framework and the means to convert the pushing force, via a series of mechanical and hydraulic linkages, into a means to control various functions of the vehicle. 

The solution

To improve the strength, performance and feel of current pedal box systems this team have designed a new set up, and yet reduced the weight of the assembly. It’s improved vehicle control and the driver has a better feel of the vehicle dynamics through the pedal assembly. Not content with that, they’ve also designed a new pro-drift handbrake assembly design.

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