Testing...1, 2, 'er 7
In order to play with the big dogs, you must test like the big dogs. The big ownership Cup teams like Penske, Joe Gibbs and DEI host in-house seven-post shaker rigs, so in August Team Red Bull broke ground on a 4-month project to gut the 10,000 sq. ft. warehouse at the back of the lot and install an equal testing facility. Seven-post rig testing puts a stock car chassis and suspension to the test. Seven hydraulic actuators work on the car to simulate the stresses and strains a car would feel when racing on an oval. With the data learned, teams go out and win their first race, right? Not so fast…Teams use the test to identify potential gains, but the true test is how these “gains” perform when taken to the track. More importantly, the seven-post makes for one kick-ass race car driving simulator. Line up!