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Recent Innovations In Racing and Racing Cars

As of mid October 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton is in second place on the Formula 1 rankings to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. But this hasn’t stopped Mercedes' 2021 Formula One power unit, which will race for the first time this season, with all-new improvements. After being controversially ousted by Ferrari in 2019, when the Maranello team was accused of circumventing rules, Mercedes reasserted itself as the premier engine-maker in F1 last season.


Mercedes poured substantial resources into its 2020 engine, surprising major opponent Red Bull and engine partner Honda with the results, and is now looking to take another step forward in development for 2021 and beyond. After previously revealing that the design had experienced some difficulties on the dyno that would be rectified in time for the start of the season, Mercedes High Performance Powertrains chief Hywel Thomas recently detailed three key areas the firm had identified to focus on for the 2021 engine. These are the technology of the unit, improved reliability, and completely fresh innovations that will be in the racing power unit for the first time. Improved thermal efficiency in internal combustion engines, as well as modifications to the turbocharger to reduce heat rejection, are among them. Finally, certain modifications to the energy recovery mechanism have been made to make it more robust.


The innovations don’t stop there with the news that NASCAR is looking firmly towards 2022 with some new innovations. The first thing you notice about NASCAR's new generation is that they appear to deepen ties with its on-road counterparts. The automobiles now feature larger alloy wheels rather than steel ones, a more coupe-like appearance, and they ride two inches higher off the ground. This makes them more relevant to automobile purchasers on the road. The new automobiles also have larger tires and are symmetrical rather than skewed. Mechanical grip is being prioritized above aerodynamics and in the back, instead of a solid axle, there is now independent rear suspension.

Additionally, the Stewart-Haas racing team are pushing new innovations in the industry too - they are using titanium and 3D printing. According to www.tmstitanium.com, titanium is one of the most durable metals out there, which is one of the reasons why Stewart-Haas redesigned their brake pedal and had it 3D printed from titanium. It was also sandblasted to give it an end-use polish. This has given them an edge over the NASCAR competition with 32% lighter brake pedals and a 50% increase in pedal stiffness.

In recent months, both the Mercedes F1 team and NASCAR have introduced updated, more relatable, relevant, safer, and more aesthetically pleasing units, and this trend will continue into 2022 and beyond. This makes for not just a better experience for the F1 and NASCAR drivers, but also the spectators as well. The current trend in innovation will only grow as more and more live events return post-pandemic. The future of F1 and NASCAR looks bright. Make sure you have a front seat to catch all the action.

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