The Zones

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The Zones

My latest article for NASA’s Speed News expands on a topic that I have discussed small pieces of in prior articles: aerodynamic performance enhancements for production-based race cars. The title of the article is “Getting Into the Zones“. In addition to basic guidance on aero mods that have been proven effective many times, I added a graphic illustration that I have not seen anywhere before. It partitions a race car body into various color coded zones, with each zone having a different level and type of influence on the aerodynamic performance of the car. Some areas of a race car are highly sensitive to small changes, while others have very minor effects. Knowing where to make changes is just as important as what change to make to improve aero performance. The article describes each zone and some of the aero performance changes that can result from modifications in each zone. Check it out! You just might like it.

As always, I’m honored and humbled by the opportunity to contribute to NASA’s Speed News e-zine, and I look forward to future opportunities.