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.