NASCAR Automotive Technology Series: Future advancements

NASCAR Automotive Technology Series: Future advancements


hey Courtney handsome back with you at NASCAR calm neighs car is always working hard to be in the leading edge of technology whether it comes to on track performance or driver safety there’s a whole department of hard-working employees in Concord North Carolina in the research and development center that’s been all of their time trying to figure out the next big thing from a safety perspective we’ve added several new advancements for the gem six car we did the new laminated windshields and the new window net mounting historically window nets have been used to can help keep the driver inside the car this new window net for Gen six is different in that its primary goal is to keep things out of the car and we do that by improving the structure with thicker bars on the top and also on the bottom and the way we hold on to them in the four corners is improved over last year’s bars also the ten a window net is really meant to do the same thing and it’s to fill this hole and to keep things from entering the car and coming in contact with the driver we spent a lot of time focusing and evaluated a lot of different designs to make sure that the winter net still dropped in a fashion that the drivers familiar with and comfortable with the Gen 6 windshield is a laminated windshield it’s the same exact polycarbonate material as previous windshields but it’s two thin layers essentially bonded together to form a laminate and we tested it ballistically we took full soda cans and we also took steel projectiles and shot them at the windshield at 200 miles per hour the new laminate windshield performed much better with a steel projectile the steel projectile passed through the old-style windshields but when it struck the new laminate windshield have bounced up and over the top from an interior standpoint things we’re looking at would be additional data gathering capabilities inside the car high-speed cameras that would show us how a driver moves during a crash another example would be instrumenting the seat belt anchors to understand how hard each seatbelt point is holding the driver back during the crash safety is something that will never end for us each crash is unique and requires a certain type of restraint system and safety equipment in place we try and do all of our research to encompass every possibility that we can imagine that could occur in a crash but we can always make improvements in areas that are highlighted either on the racetrack or through research that we do I can’t wait to see these innovations tip the track along with the next big thing the R&D center has a bit sleeve for more on automotive technology keep it here at NASCAR calm


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