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Snow, gravel, tarmac: today’s rally car has to be capable of coping with a huge variety of terrain. Where racecars are engineered to exploit the billiard table smooth surfaces of today’s racetracks, the rally car has to be far more versatile. It has to cope with some of the most demanding environments in motorsport and to endure not hours but days of gruelling competition. Rally Race Technology opens up this fascinating world of engineering for a global sport that makes demands like no other. Never has the rally car been more deeply analysed as we provide a unique insight into a world where the engineering is nothing if not radical.
Contents to include:
Intro: THE EDITOR - Rallying’s unpredictable nature, and its scope for innovation, make this a superb time for engineers in the sport
Grid: IN THE NEWS - We look in detail at developments in inerters, and more…
In Conversation: DAVID LAPWORTH - Prodrive’s technical director tells Lawrence Butcher that while some approaches to rally car engineering have changed over the years, the basics remain the same
Dossier: PRODRIVE MEGANE WRX - Lawrence Butcher reports on the approach to developing this innovative, clean-sheet rallycross contender for privateers
2018 WRC TECHNICAL REVIEW - The technical directors of Citroen, Toyota, Hyundai and M-Sport tell Lawrence Butcher about their development priorities during 2018
Digest: POLO GTI R5 - Lawrence Butcher finds out how VW Motorsport grappled with the regulations to develop an R5 version of its Polo
Insight: COMPOSITES IN RALLYING - How do rally car builders choose which composite materials to use?Lawrence Butcher explains
Focus: CHASSIS DESIGN - Peter Donaldson gets the low-down on the stages of designing and developing a rally car chassis
Insight: SENSOR TECHNOLOGY - Lawrence Butcher explains some of the sensor technologies used in a few key areas of a modern rally car
Appendix - We explain the make-up of the various rallying and rallycross classes and how a typical rally is run
Supplier directory - Our listing of the companies providing products and services to the offroad racing community
PS: THE SOVIET PORSCHE - Although the Porsche 959 was never seriously campaigned in the WRC its DNA lived on – in a Lada
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