Telemetry is the remote collection and measurement of data. It usually involves some sort of wireless broadcast. Of course, remote data collection is important in many fields -- defense, medicine, even agriculture.
Ever hear the saying that the game of life is won by inches? That's certainly true in stock car racing, when -- despite vehicle speeds that can exceed 200 miles (330 k) per hour -- mere inches are all that separate the winners from the losers.
Imagine soaring down the road in your Chevy Impala SS, leaning heavy into the turns. You're nearing 200 mph now -- as fast as your car will go. Then, zoom, zoom, zoom! This is stock car racing, and you've just been lapped at the final flag.
From the basic black of the Model- T to the brown and orange of the Home Depot runner, cars of all purposes have always had some sort of paint job. But NASCAR cars take color a little bit further than your own ride. Find out why.
On any given weekend throughout most of the year, almost 800 dirt tracks come to life across America. Tickets are bought, prize money is won, autographs are signed and damaged cars are hauled away by wreckers.
NASCAR engines are known for their power, but a successful NASCAR engine also has to be reliable. The world's best engineers spend enormous amounts of money, time, and energy to build such powerful machines.
NASCAR in-car cameras have provided fans a sneak peek into the racing experience for decades. As simple as the cameras are, however, everything about them -- from the technology used to make them to deciding who gets one - - is decidedly complex.
You don't like driving in the rain, so imagine the difficulties that a NASCAR driver faces racing at triple-digit speeds with no windshield wipers. In fact, NASCAR usually cancels races in wet conditions for safety reasons.
Ever wondered why NASCAR drivers sometimes weave their cars from side to side for several laps during races? They're trying get rid of marbles, little balls of rubber tire detritus that can prove dangerous to drivers.
NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow is loaded with improved safety features designed to keep the driver safe during high-speed impacts. Sounds great, right? Well then why are so many NASCAR drivers and fans resisting the change?
A loose or tight NASCAR race is something that drivers and crew chiefs need to correct quickly. The problem is due to oversteering and understeering the race car and can cost drivers valuable time -- and easily lead to crashes.
In the early days of NASCAR, there were few rules for teams to follow. Because of this, drivers pushed the envelope and tried every trick in the book. Now, there are more rules, but is it still easy to cheat?
NASCAR fans might end race day either in a celebratory mood or completely dejected. And those feelings might have nothing to do with what happened out on the actual track. So what could cause fans to lose their cool even before a race begins?