Sunday, January 11, 2009

Mad Science in the Lab

Right about now, Red Bull Racing Team usually sets up shop in Daytona for the second week of preseason testing. But because NASCAR put the kibosh on all official testing and teams have agreed to stay away from race tracks on their own, RBRT is bringing the test to Mooresville.

“We’re always going to try to get better. That’s just the nature of the business,” said John Probst, the team’s technical director. “If you can’t go track testing, you find other ways to do it. You bring the track to the race team.”

The track, in this case, is building No. 3 on the campus of Red Bull Racing Team. Probst prefers the building be called “the lab” because it houses all sorts of fancy, multi-million dollar gadgets that make the Red Bull Toyotas go fast. Now more than ever in the lab and the adjacent engineering offices, more emphasis has been placed on aerodynamics, simulation, dynos and the seven-post shaker rig to test the handling of Daytona or the tricky transitions of Charlotte.

“We used to answer a couple of questions at the track,” Probst noted. “One was if new parts will last. The next question was is the part better. The ‘will-it-last’ question we’ve moved to the lab. I don’t think by any means people are going to stop developing parts. The answers are going to come from the testing you do in the lab.”

Track bar mounts, track bars, spindles, lower control arms, truck arms, chassis — all are under the durability gun in the lab.

“We don’t have time to put 1,500 miles on everything before we say, ‘Go ahead and run this on a race weekend,’” Probst said. “We’ll have it on the seven-poster and run five Bristols or whatever it might be before we release it to the team.”

The lab, however, is insufficient in one area.

“You can’t duplicate the race environment,” Probst said. “We’re not banging up cars here, hitting cars, scraping walls. You can’t predict that sort of thing.”


Anonymous Anonymous said...

didnt know red bull had all that testing equipment. Hope it works, lookin forward to '09. I predict a huge year for Scott Speed.

6:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so excited to get Red Bull 2009 rolling. I know you said the merchandise would be ready for Daytona, but do you have any idea when we'll be able to order hats, shirts, etc. You don't have to be date specific, but can you just give us kind of an idea?

9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The guys in building three are also known as the elite division.

3:34 AM  
Anonymous Jacob said...

I haven't been posting for around 4-5 months. Hope Allmendinger had a good birthday in december. Good luck to speed and vickers in the '09 season. GO REDBULL!

4:35 AM  
Anonymous Jacob said...

my user name is also gangsta

4:35 AM  
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12:28 PM  
Blogger Inno said...

Brian Vickers should be taken out of that car. He blames everyone else for his mistakes. If hes worried about getting hurt, he shouldnt have pulled a dumb move like that. What an idiot. Ill never buy red bull products again as long as he is wearing their name.

3:46 PM  

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