Smitty and Professor McCarthy say thank you!
Smitty shares his library of resources.
Smitty shares team do’s.
Smitty shares team don’ts.
Smitty discusses performance ideals and overall principles such as weight distribution, body shape, and safety.
Smitty shares information regarding electronic fuel injection systems.
Smitty describes continuously variable transmissions. This is the fourteenth video in a series developed for UCI’s racecar engineering program.
Smitty shares tips of the trade regarding tires.
Smitty describes the importance of the toe and camber.
Smitty describes king pin inclination. This is the eleventh in the video series developed for UCI’s racecar engineering program. (Smitty and the Professor series)
Smitty describes the set-up of the front wheels and its importance to the driver’s control.
Smitty explains steering design.
Smitty explains the choice of springs for a suspension.
Smitty describes more about suspension design.
Smitty describes the importance of shock absorbers in suspension design.
Smitty describes the principles of suspension design.
Smitty describes the design principles for the chassis of a race car.
Smitty shows how the geometry and material work together to provide strength and stiffness.
In this video, Smitty presents the basic techniques for determining the center of gravity of a racecar. The location of a vehicle’s center of gravity relative to the contact patches of its tires defines the limits of its performance.
This is the first of a series of videos prepared by Robert “Smitty” Smith and Prof. McCarthy on Racecar Engineering. They were recovered recently and I hope to get them all on-line in the coming weeks.
This first video is an overview of all the topics that will be covered and provides a good introduction of the “down to earth” approach of the series, complete with a few seconds of out-of-sync voice over toward the end. I hope you recognize the importance and intelligence of what seem to be simple ideas.
Introduction to Racecar Engineering
The UCI summer program Introduction to Racecar Engineering concluded with a track day on Saturday, August 3. Select this link to see slideshows of the activities.
Instructional videos on Racecar Engineering
Smitty and I have prepared a series of instructional videos as an introduction to Racecar Engineering.
1. Introduction to the video series:
2. An overview of race car engineering:
3. Principles of suspension design:
4. Discussion of shock absorbers:
5. More on suspension design: