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Wireless technology: A winning formula

31 March 2023

Valtteri Bottas currently holds the record for the highest speed in a Formula 1 race, hitting 231.4mph in the 2016 Mexican Grand Prix. But what may seem like a fluke requires intensive testing before racers hit the track. Here, Robert Badcock, CEO of Mantracourt, discusses some of the challenges that motor teams face and how remote monitoring technology can help optimise a car for racing.

Maximising the traction in wheel turns
One way to enhance racing performance is to maximise the traction when a car turns, while ensuring stability is not lost on the straights of the track. Applying positive or negative camber to a wheel means that the tyre will be at an angle, even as the vehicle is going straight.

Then, when the car goes into a corner, the resulting forces push the weight of the vehicle onto the whole tyre, allowing it to go around the corner at a higher speed without losing traction.

Many racing teams measure the camber by hand and with separate tools, but this can be time-consuming and unreliable. When one particular racing team required technology that could connect its sensors to a piece of software to provide fast and precise testing of weight and incline, Mantracourt offered its expertise in remote monitoring technology. 

Read the full article in DPA's April issue

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