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Top 10 auto stories of 2012 includes NASCAR's change to fuel injection, partnership w/ Freescale & McLaren via @EETimes

Top 10 auto stories of 2012 includes NASCAR's change to fuel injection, partnership w/ Freescale & McLaren via @EETimes

After 50 years of using and improving the beloved carburetor, NASCAR went in a new direction in 2012, mandating fuel injection systems in race cars for the first time through a partnership with Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and McLaren Electronic Systems Ltd. NASCAR tested the technology during the 2011 season and kicked off the new system at NASCAR's very first 2012 race, the Daytona 500. Since the Daytona 500 is one of the most-watched automotive races, the pressure was immense on McLaren and Freescale engineers to have their system perform flawlessly. "It (the change) was about competition on the track," said Steve Nelson director of marketing for the Americas at Freescale. "When you change the competition--introduce a new golf ball or whatever--changing that introduces risk. How is it going to work out?" At the end of the 2012 NASCAR, Nelson and Dr. Peter van Manen, man...

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