Somehow, we’re all gear heads. We all know what does what, and what makes a car fast… right? The fact is that despite all the theory we can read in books, or find in the FAQ on drifting.com, half the time we don’t even know our cars well enough to properly diagnose the problem. Not only that, the other half of the time theory proves itself to be just that, and then, if you are like me, you will begin to question the very nature of science and resort to various voodoo’s and nonsensical rituals.

My point is that, I have tried and failed many times. Name a book on suspension theory and vehicle dynamics and I’ve probably read it. (I’ve never been much of a drivetrain guy.) I have a degree in mathematics, and I’ve spent many hours trying to figure out what does what, and how. I think about this stuff a lot, and as a result I feel like I have made HUGE advances since I first bolted on springs and shocks and set my car to specs I found on club4ag. Not that this means you should wait on my every word. I made this section just because, such things have been a big part of my car life. I’m not intending for you to agree with me, and I haven’t created this as a reference for anyone.

The writings below are often based on, or a follow up of writings on my previous webpage.  If you are so keen, check them out.

Regressive Revolution

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

penske-regressiveHaving first read about this two years ago… there is no breaking news here. At the time of first reading though, the concept of shock valving was only vaguely meaningful to me, and I didn’t fully understand what I was reading.

Car design is often about compromise. Want a great camber curve? Jack that roll center up. Want negative lift in the corners? Add some drag on the straight. Want 600hp out of 2.0L? Create a very narrow power band.…

Mother Nature is Boss

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

WoodAll the technology of the US military… and good old fashioned wood comes out on top. WTF eh?

The last splitter I constructed laid fiberglass over a balsa wood core. It was supposed to be far superior to the solid birch splitters I had used in the past. The FRP/Balsa splitter cost me about $200 and 8 hours of time to make… and came out a couple pounds heavier, and no stiffer than pure wood as far as I could…

Rocket Science

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

muchtolearnAero drives me nuts. Yes there is science behind it, but the methods are often well beyond the means of joe blow racer. It seems like a lot of the time all that we can do is bite what others have done… but when aero parts all work together, biting bits and pieces isn’t necessarily a good idea. Yes it actually is rocket science.

The best approach is probably just to throw the wildest looking shit you can imagine…


Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

roofvaneI only subscribe to one magazine, and it’s an online subscription to Racecar Engineering.  They have a montly section called “Aerobytes” which usually looks at a Formula 1 car, or a Prototype, or home brew hill climb car.  I always find it quite interesting, but it’s seldom very practical to me.  This month I was wickedly surprised to turn the iPad on and find a very familiar car on the page.  I’m super stoked for the upcoming months.


Not Just A Big Hammer

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Without really knowing very much about them I admit, I’ve always looked at Koenigsegg as a low tech, “big engine in a simple chassis” manufacturer. That might not be entirely wrong, but this video certainly changes my view of them.

It’s pretty awesome to see this from a small manufacturer.

Viscous Clarification – When Reactive is Better Than Proactive??

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

viscousViscous LSD’s have a pretty bad reputation among anyone who does real performance driving, but Subaru owners, who always have viscous centers and often rears are quick to point out that viscous LSD technology has evolved drastically in recent years.  So much so, that they are now standard equipment in lots of ultra-high performance applications (like the Bugatti Veyron). I was doubtful but curious…

A viscous LSD is composed of alternately arranged inner and outer plates which spin in opposite…

More Scrub Radius Solutions

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

lfatopI’m thieving again.  Someone recently directed me to Edmunds Inside Line blog, and posts tagged Suspension Walkarounds.  I often hear people remark that cars like the AE86 and 510 handle as good as any modern machinery, and from some subjective point of views that might be true, but suspension designs and technology is evolving just like engine technology is.

LFACheck the dual lower ball joints on the LFA for instance, which effectively create an imaginary ball joint  somewhere…