> <further thread drift alert>
> Regarding the need for speeds less than 200 mph, I hate to put myself
> in a position where I might be seen defending any of the scum of of
> the earth mentioned in the posts sited below 8^) but there is valid
> engineering justification for the imposition of the 200 mph limit and
> ways to make a case to go beyond that limit.
> The engineering limit is the calculated (and empirical evidence)
> ability of a crash fence to absorb the energy of a 3400 lb WC
> amount of energy in a moving body is directly proportiion to the mass
> and the square of the velocity. You can solve the problem by
> 1. lower speeds
> 2. lower weight
> 3. stronger fences
> Nascar has chosen option 1. I don't know that a lot of effort has been
> directed towards opton 3 in the last few years. It's pretty easy to
> build a stronger fence the problem is being able to see thru it. Now
> if you want to drop the weight of the cars down to 1600 lbs you can
> make a case for 290 mph.
> We need a step change in fence technology 8^?
> <snipped original thread stuff>
>>> Call me calloused, but restrictor plate racing is
>>> 'cause of wimpy lawyers, greedy track owners, and driver/teams that don't
>>> have enough guts to stand up to NASCAR.
>>> 'Nuff said, agree or flame away, It's just MNSHO!
>> Anytime lawyers get involved in anything it adds to the
>> problem, common sense gets thrown out the window, as does what's
>> right or wrong. But....
>> It's prob'ly fair to say that the corporations that own/
>> operate the tracks are looking to maximize investment return
>> to the shareholders and partners. But...
>> The driver's, owner's, and team members prob'ly do make
>> guarded criticisms of NASCAR at the public level. But....
>> The one reason that keeps surfacing from many quarters is
>> that the _Insurers_ of the tracks won't except, nor provide
>> liability coverage at _any price_ unless the speeds are kept
>> under 200 mph (maybe less ?) So NASCAR resorted to the plates
>> in an immediate attempt to satisfy the insurance carriers. Seems
>> that was adequate, and most prob'ly the insurers would frown on
>> untried substitutions. Could be the reason for the recent
>> trials to find other methods to slow the cars (spoiler-air dam
>> manipulations). Still, I believe the insurers will be slow to
>> accept an alternative to the plates. Damn shame too :(
>>~~~~~~ Tom Brinkman ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ nascar *fan* ~~~~~
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