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PostPosted: November 23, 2018, 11:16 am 
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Each Christmas I get a number of offers from Racecar Engineering for a years subscription at a heavily discounted rate. It's always a tempting offer. The thing that keeps me from taking advantage of the offers is the technical sophistication of the content. I think I actually comprehend about 25% of the content. And, that may be a generous percentage that protects my ego rather than reflects reality. :lol:

It's not that I'm a technical dummy. I have a good technical background. It just seems to me that modern race car design has gone from something a team of bright enthusiasts could do to a "moon shot" kind of situation where the engineering is so sophisticated only specialists can hope to understand it.

Are you a Racecar Engineering subscriber? How do you feel about the usefulness of the information you get from it in terms of applying it to your real world projects? Has it changed the way you approach things or your performance expectations for your projects?

I'm going to hold on to the latest offer they sent me for a few days. I'd like to see if it has proven useful to any other Locost enthusiasts.

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Damn! That front slip angle is way too large and the Ackerman is just a muddle.

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PostPosted: November 23, 2018, 8:51 pm 
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This seems interesting to me. Where do they get so technical? Is it tons of math, or using equipment an enthusiast wouldn't have access to?
I know what you mean, sometimes this stuff gets difficult to visualize and when you throw in a few physics problems my eyes glaze over in no time.


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PostPosted: November 23, 2018, 10:50 pm 
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@Cardot60

Most articles are really aimed at the practicing engineer. I check out some of their special publications during the year. For example, they have a special digital issue dealing with the 24 Hours of Le Mans each year and sometimes other topics too like Indy, or safety. Those usually can be downloaded for free. What they require in return is your name and e-mail address. That's why they send me the marketing stuff each Christmas.

I pick up a print copy from time to time at a local bookseller if something on the cover attracts my attention.

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PostPosted: November 27, 2018, 6:45 pm 
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That was my favorite reading material for a long time (I am a Mech E). It is a very expensive publication though.


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PostPosted: November 27, 2018, 7:06 pm 
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SkiRideDrive wrote:
That was my favorite reading material for a long time (I am a Mech E). It is a very expensive publication though.


Thanks for the response. Should I call you "Homey" since you're in Carlsbad too?

Yes, it is very expensive. That's why the huge discount they offer at this time of year is so attractive. They only offer it to non-subscribers. All-in-all, I think it works out to about 40% of the usual price and the offer ended at midnight, Cyber Monday.

I took the bait. We'll see how I do with comprehension of the content next year as I won't get a magazine until January. I know it will be interesting stuff. Articles I've read in the past have influenced my thinking already. As long as I can "follow along", I'll be good with it.

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