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Archive-name: autos/sport/misc-faq Posting-Frequency: monthly Last-modified: 24th June 1994 Version: 1.0 This will be posted monthly to rec.autos.sport and to news.answers. It answers some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) in ...

Archive-name: autos/sport/misc-faq Posting-Frequency: monthly Last-modified: 24th June 1994 Version: 1.0

This will be posted monthly to rec.autos.sport and to news.answers. It answers some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) in rec.autos.sport as well as some others which perhaps _should_ be asked.

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18 TOURING CAR REGULATIONS

18-1 FIA Class 1 Touring Car Technical Regulations ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ These are used for the DTM.

Engines must be 2-5 litres with no turbo and a maximum of six cylinders. There is no engine rev limit.

In the DTM, minimum weights are set by the governing body, the ONS.

Alfa 155 4wd 420hp min.weight: 1040 kilo no active suspension, no traction control (but it's due by mid season). Mercedes C180 450hp(?) min.weight 1000 kilo ABC (active body control) Opel Calibra 4wd 425hp min.weight: 1040 kilo no active suspension, no traction control

18-2 FIA Class 2 Touring Car Technical Regulations ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ These are used for touring car championships in Britain, Italy, Germany, France, Scandinavia, Japan and Australasia.

Cars must have four doors and be longer than 4-2m. 2500 road cars must be produced within 12 months for the car to be homologated. The minimum weight is 950 kg for front wheel-drive cars and 1050 kg for rear wheel-drive cars.

Engines are 2 litres with a maximum of six cylinders. They can either come from the homologated car or another model in the manufacturer's range. If the engine is taken from another model, at least 2500 engines have to been built in a 12 month period. An electronic limiter restricts engine revs to 8500 rpm. The gearbox is free but cannot have more than six ratios. The original layout of the engine must be retained from the car (ie longitudinal or transverse).

Tyre width is limited to nine inches. At BTCC meetings only six dry, six wet and six intermediate tyres can be used for the whole of the meeting. At double header races, where the races are held ten minutes apart, tyres are free for the second race.

19 MISCELLANEOUS

19-1 What is Formula SAE ? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Formula SAE is a collegiate competition organised by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Seventy-five universities will compete this year. These are mostly from the US, but there are a handful of Canadian entries as well as one from Puerto Rica. This year the competition is jointly sponsored by General Motors, Ford and Chrysler and will be held in Pontiac, MI from May 19th-21st.

Each team must take an engine with a maximum displacement of 600cc and build a single-seat Formula style car around it. Typical cars weigh around 500lbs. Some of these are turbocharged, others are supercharged. Some teams even convert their cars to run on Methanol.

The cars then are judged on design, cost analysis, a sales presentation. They must also compete in an acceleration run, a skid pad run, a slalom run, and an "endurance" run (approx. 12km).

You can get more details from SAE International, 400 Commonwealth Drive, Warrendale, PA 15096-0001, USA.

Argonne National Laboratories has a FSAE BBS which is also available on the Internet at newton.dep.anl.gov. Login as "bbs". From the menu, pick #1 (signon), and type "new". It asks for some info about you when your do you've got own account. Once your logged on at the main menu, pick #3 (group), Group menu pick #3 (discussion), Group discussion main menu pick #1 (ALL discussions), pick (researchcomp, student engineering research competitions), pick #4 (Formula SAE). If you have any questions e-mail John Burford (burford@umr.edu).

19-2 What is "John Winter's" real name ? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Louis Krages. He is a dentist from Aachen in Germany. He started to race under a pseudonym to avoid his family's disapproval. His cover was blown when he won the Le Mans 24hrs and had his picture on the front page of some German newspapers.

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