A Look Back at the Most Impressive Race Car Engines

Did you know that race cars must have extremely powerful engines in order to be winners? Besides the aerodynamics that have been implemented and the modifications, the engine is what makes the car the ultimate winner.

Let’s start off with the famous Formula One Ferrari. One of the most famous engines in the F1 was the Ferrari V10 F1. It was a 3.0 litre, ten cylinder racing car that was responsible for 57 wins.

The Porsche Flat 6 is another racing vehicle that left an impression on the world. It was a 2.0 litre air cooled engine. The most recent version of this Porsche has received impressive results by winning many races over the years.

The Porsche Flat 12 has one of the biggest engines in the racing industry. There are two flat six engines packed into this car. It is a 4.5 litre engine which has 1500 horse power. You can imagine how cramped the driver must have been to make space for this massive machine.

The Mazda R26B 4-rotor might have been one of the craziest models in the racing industry. Having entered 21 races and only winning one might be a strange statistic. This one race was the LeMans and it made an impression as it was the only car that was not a conventional piston engine and it was a unique marque.

The BMW S14 was the start of the M-series. Winning the championship but winning no races, it was simply a 2.5 litre engine with only four cylinders.

The Audi R10-18 TDI has been through many changes over time but always had a memorable engine. Originally, this model was a petrol engine that had ten cylinders. This was entered into the LeMans race and won. However, the manufacturers decided to place a diesel engine with twelve cylinders and two turbos. Now, that is an amazing amount of power in just a single race car. Not even Formula One cars have a V12 Engine.

Ever race car has to be equipped with the finest mechanical and electrical parts. Races are there to prove the quality of the car before hitting the city streets. Racing cars also test how well an engine can cope under extreme conditions such as heat, rain and snow.

Racing tracks are also the best places for tyre manufacturers to test their new products. Rubber needs to withstand heat and friction over long periods of time and track day is the time to test it.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

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Top 5 Challenges in Manufacturing Industries

In addition to this some of the pertinent issues, the industry faces in manufacturing products are:

1. Regulatory Compliance and traceability: Manufacturers of all sectors faces increasing regulations which aims in ensuring product safety to managing disposal and reclamation procedures. Consumers may be benefited from some of the regulations, and each of the regulation adds an additional burden to the companies that must comply with the requirements. Complete visibility in the global supply chains is ensured by the manufacturers and they can prove their own deference and that of the suppliers also. Regulations needs the ability to track where the specific items have been used or to trace materials from an end item at a customer site back to specific materials used in the manufacture. Keeping in view the regulations and managing compliance reporting is a full time activity for multiple people or teams at many manufacturing companies.

2. To keep Product Relevant: Product innovations come at varying pace and manufacturers struggle to keep up. With the new concept the companies compete to be first in the market, the temptation to skip steps on quality materials can be challenging. There should be adequate time for the companies to ensure that the specific materials like wires and cables are in line with the operating conditions. A new product needs to develop a reputation of good quality to drive out poor quality. The companies will become more systematic about managing innovation rather than to leave new product ideas to chance. The preferences in product are changing so quickly that this delays the introduction of once popular products. For the success of manufacturing it is essential to implement the procedures to keep a steady stream of new product ideas and innovations in the pipeline.

3. Aging Workforce/Skills gap: As per age, the workers retire and leave their workforce and take along with them their hard-learned skills and experience with them. The workers who are retiring are not available to be replaced easily as the new ones do not have the needed skillset for many critical roles. Manufacturers will have to work with the schools in their communities to check that the educational system includes the topics and skills training for the younger workers to fill these roles. Besides, manufacturers may need to be more flexible with the aging workforce so as to allow workers to slow down by working part time rather than to retire suddenly. This will enable the aging workers to pass on their skill to the next generations of workers.

4. Environmental concerns: Various aspects of the manufacturing process is affected by the local and regional regulations, from the ability to use certain materials, to worker exposure, to disposal of waste and byproducts. There is a harsh environment for manufacturing and hence should ensure the safety and health of workers with proper care and equipment. Disposing of waste products and recycling materials add costs and complexity to manufacturing and also result in a healthier environment and protection alike for both workers and customers.

5. To maintain a balance with output: In a manufacturing unit it is very essential to keep the equipment functioning. Preventive maintenance should be taken regularly including worn wires and cables which help in increasing output and ensuring customer satisfaction with delivery lead times. Manufacturers are sometimes tempted to postpone preventive maintenance or replace factory components with lower quality items. The practice creates unsafe conditions in harsh manufacturing environments if these lesser components can’t stand up to operating conditions. The operating cost can be kept low and output high by using components, cables and wires that meet or exceed manufacturer specifications and to perform preventive maintenance on recommended schedules thus ensuring worker safety. By meeting these challenges the manufacturing companies can stay on current legislation and technology and be responsive to meet the needs of workers and act responsibly in the best interest of all parties.

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