Speed News February 2016

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STORY AND PHOTOS BY ROB KRIDER D ata. If you use it in racing, you understand why it's a four-letter word. Data simply doesn't lie. If you're on an endurance racing team and you swear to the crew chief you've never shifted over 7,000 rpm, you better be telling the truth, because he is looking at a leaking head gasket and the information from a data acquisition system that says otherwise. 8,200 rpm isn't 7,000 rpm and that will probably be your last adventure with that particular team. But if you're a reasonable person, who doesn't pop the head gasket on every Honda powered car you've ever driven, then data is your friend. There is an enormous amount to be learned from data, especially when multiple people are driving the same car, like at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Well, let's be clear, there was an enormous amount of data to learn from before the head gasket went. For learning a new track, learning a new car, or vehicle setup, data is worth its weight Portable Data Acquisition Antenna >> The antenna has a magnet on the bottom so it can be mounted or moved from one car to another. Yes, this is the roof of a fiberglass Corvette so the magnet won't work. A simple piece of racers tape will hold it in place, and it won't affect signal strength. T O O L S H E D E N G I N E E R 34

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