Tuesday, September 25, 2007

What Is That Thing?


Red Bull Racing knows all too well about NASCAR’s zero-tolerance policy when it comes to inspecting the Car of Tomorrow. So the first-year team, like all others at this elite level, inspects every detail on its two Toyota Camrys before they ever leave the shop.

The team puts the cars through the inspection ringer just like NASCAR officials would during initial tech with the help of something that looks like a giant mutated silver spider on steroids. Others have called it a claw-looking monster. Here at the shop in Mooresville, N.C., there’s usually one hanging high above the main floor’s staging area and another lurking out back. A third sighting is unconfirmed.

This master template, along with one each for the nose and tail, encompasses the COT’s entire body. The car and template, which is good for all four makes, must match at more than a dozen points.

When the COT goes fulltime in 2008, the three new body templates will replace the 32 now used on the current car. Templates have been placed on the car one at a time. Now many of those templates are in one, big interlocking template.

Just watch your head if you pay a visit to 136 Knob Hill Road anytime soon.

15 Comments:

Anonymous 83TRB said...

Would love to visit in Oct. You-all have anything there open to the public yet?

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is Gangsta.

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Besides this weekend at Kansas, does anyone know if BV will be racing any more Bush races and if so where?

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Nathan said...

Excellent question...when is the TRB shop going to be open for public tours?

Heck, I'd even take a private tour!

7:17 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

He'll be in the 10 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Seeing him on the entry list for Kansas was quite the suprise.

By the way, I'm with Nathan, I want a private tour! Can I get Brian to give me one? LOL! A girl can dream.

Good luck at Kansas boys. WE BELIEVE!!

7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Blaney website says Dave will be back in the #10 at Charlotte and Homestead.

11:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vickers is racing in the #32 car at Lowes Motor Speedway. He is not racing the #10 car. Vickers is #1!!!!!!!

4:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That must have changed because when it was originally announced, he was racing the 10. Not like it matters what number he is in.

6:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like you said, the number doesn't really matter, just that Brian is racing. However back in June it was announced that he would drive in 2 Busch races driving the #32, one of those 2 original races was Lowes. Later it was announced that he would drive the #10 in 4 additional Busch races. Just FYI--
We're just glad he is out there though.

8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ's also racing Busch in Kansas and Charlotte.

9:26 AM  
Anonymous lovinbv83 said...

I agree with both Nathen and Kristin can we get a private tour.
It would be sweet if BV could give us that tour. Like you Kristin it's only a girls best dream.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rCan't wait to see both Brian and AJ in Oct. at the Energy Station (already paid to go there) and watch the Bush race from there. I've also gone through Team Red Bulls shop....it's awesome!! (son works there) hope you all get to see it. Good luck to both 83 and 84 this weekend. We all know you can do it!!!!

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See I was right. It is the #10 car!!!!

1:27 PM  
Anonymous 83GIVZUWINGZ said...

Good Luck this weekend Brian and AJ! We know you can do it!

Rock Kansas 83 adn 84 teams! :D

WE BELIEVE!!!

4:52 PM  
Anonymous mouse said...

It made me laugh that someone called a template "gangsta."

8:34 PM  

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