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How motorsports technology has changed your everyday car

Here’s everything you need to know.

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If you’re a car enthusiast, you’ve probably read previous articles and blogs, as well as message boards about the latest advances in automotive technology in vehicles. One of the biggest changes is in the area of increasing engine Improved performance supported by embedded advanced computer technology.

In the past, automakers were manual and hobbyists would build their engines with copper blocks and cylinders, using a mixture of water and baking soda, and other raw materials. New technologies are being discovered and used one by one at this time.

Here are some of the racing car technologies used in daily cars

1. Semi-automatic gears

At first semi-automatic, gears were used and developed by Porche 962 in 1984 for a while. Although not long in use, the semi-automatic gear system has been used in F1. In this technology, it is possible to shift gears without a clutch that combines the performance of a manual transmission system with automatic mono-tasking.

Because the operating system is easier for users to use, car manufacturers have finally adopted their cars to be marketed. Several large manufacturers on average have used it, including Porche, Honda, Daihatsu, Hyundai.

2. Disc brake

Disc brake technology was originally introduced by Porsche and embedded in several types of cars after some time of testing with good results. The prominence of this technology is fast braking without locking, this is what makes car manufacturers use it in their production cars. The hydraulic disc brake system is one of the most widely used types of brakes for vehicles.

The components of the disc braking system itself consist of six basic devices. These devices are a Disc or rotor, backing plate, connecting wheel, brake caliper, retaining screw, and a brake pedal. The location of the disc itself is behind the tire, which makes it interact directly with the movement of the car tire.

The working principle underlying the disc is Pascal’s law which deals with the use of hydraulic fluid in the braking system

3. Carbon fiber chassis

Since the early 1980s, McLaren is known as a pioneer manufacturer who introduced this material in the Formula 1 arena. However, they have never applied this chassis to a road car.

This initiative has also begun to be seen in their business plans until 2024. The real step is seen where McLaren is preparing to test the carbon fiber chassis for their mass car. After the success of a series of tests, McLaren will certainly produce its fastest cars with a carbon fiber chassis as a base. Reportedly, this innovation will be applied to their famous supercar which will be hybrid-powered.

4. AWD (All-wheel drive)

Although not as tough as a 4WD drive system when on bad terrain, but because of the practicality and intelligence of the All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system, many car manufacturers have finally adopted this drive system. The main goal is not serious use in extreme off-road terrain, but to make the car more powerful in traction on slippery terrains such as wet roads, snow, or gravel.

No wonder AWD was initially more popular in rally events. Audi’s Quattro, for example, is touted as the first smart all-wheel drive to be installed in rally and road cars. In its development, the AWD drive system evolved to be more complex to accommodate the needs of a smart car.

5. Joypad steering wheels

This advanced technology was originally used in F1 racing cars which were eventually adopted by car manufacturers. The steering wheel is an important part of the car that cannot be separated from attention to beautify or modify.

The reason is that driving comfort increases in addition to being modern. Moreover, now there are various choices of steering wheel models on the market from luxurious to sporty nuances with several control buttons that can be operated. However, changing the steering wheel can not be done arbitrarily.

6. Active suspension

Currently, there are two suspension technologies used in cars, namely active suspension (Air Suspension) and passive suspension. The most basic difference between these two suspensions is the spring. The passive suspension uses Conch Springs / Spiral Springs, while the Air Suspension system uses air pressure that is filled into a rubber balloon to replace the position of the spring.

The height of the suspension can be adjusted according to the needs and the terrain encountered. When driving on the highway, the suspension can be made low to reduce wind resistance. When facing bumpy roads, the suspension height can be increased. In more sophisticated air suspension systems, the height can adjust automatically.

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Chris has been blogging since the early days of the internet. He primarily focuses on topics related to tech, business, marketing, and pretty much anything else that revolves around tech. When he's not writing, you can find him noodling around on a guitar or cooking up a mean storm for friends and family.

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