Shape Fidelity drives NASCAR & Indy Racing Teams to a New Level
As a sport, racing requires advanced precision and execution at every curve. On track straight-aways going 200 miles per hour, NASCAR drivers travel 293 feet in one second, which is just shy of the length of a football field. Drivers can often experience 3 Gs of force during turns, which comparable to the forces experienced by shuttle astronauts during liftoff. Temperatures within the car often exceed 100ºF, and the floorboards of the car can be as hot as 170ºF. With these extreme conditions, it’s no wonder that 1 in 3 Americans follows NASCAR, and that the sport draws crowds larger than the Superbowl, World Series and NBA Finals combined.
Extreme racing conditions call for advanced technology and design in all aspects of the sport. NASCAR and Indy racing teams have turned to Shape Fidelity to help their drivers, cars and tires improve performance. Shape Fidelity has provided professional racing teams with the following services:
- Racing Helmets – 3D scanning and data processing allowed for CAD analysis of design and customized fit for each driver. Eliminating gaps within the helmets improved fit, safety and overall comfort.
- Car Aerodynamics – 3D scanning and data processing to gain a visual understanding of the car’s aerodynamic performance and identify areas of improvement for component parts.
- Engine Components – 3D scanning and data processing to allow for digital assembly of component parts and improvements in the quality of engine part manufacturing.
- Track & Tire Analysis – Surface analysis to gain a visual understanding of the degree of contact between tires and the track in order to improve steering and control in racing conditions.