30 Jun '13, 7am

Engineering an IndyCar Victory Is More About Data And #Simulation Than The Car’s Electronics

Engineering an IndyCar Victory Is More About Data And #Simulation Than The Car’s Electronics

With all the electronics that go into today’s passenger vehicles, you may think that IndyCars are enjoying the same flood of new electronic innovations. Not so. In fact, some teams are ratcheting back in favor of a smarter balance between vehicle electronics and the driver. At least that’s what Jimmy Vasser, co-owner of the winning IndyCar at this year’s Indianapolis 500, said at an event held recently at Mouser Electronics headquarters in Mansfield, Texas. “With all the technologies at the fingertips of young engineers nowadays, you can have full active suspension, full hydraulics and computers—it gets out of control. We’ve been peeling back some of the technology to put the car back into the driver’s hands—there’s not a lot of driver aids anymore,” said Vasser. He continued by saying that there used to be full traction control and automatic gear boxes and that the driver...

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