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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 3:41 pm 
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Interesting piece on how F1 tech being used at the winter Olympics.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ ... mpics.html


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 4:05 pm 
I'm peeing my pants with laughter. It looks like McLaren and the British sliders are following in the footsteps of Geoff Bodine and NASCAR technology. During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver Steven Holcomb (USA) piloted a Bo-Dyn Bobsled named "Night Train" to gold. The "Night Train" recorded the fastest times in each of the first three runs in Vancouver. And BMW USA was also involved in that project too.

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/blogs/Off-Track/nascar-geoff-bodine-steven-holcomb-us-bobsled-team-olympics-sochi.html


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:00 pm 
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Blinky McSquinty wrote:
I'm peeing my pants with laughter. It looks like McLaren and the British sliders are following in the footsteps of Geoff Bodine and NASCAR technology. During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver Steven Holcomb (USA) piloted a Bo-Dyn Bobsled named "Night Train" to gold. The "Night Train" recorded the fastest times in each of the first three runs in Vancouver. And BMW USA was also involved in that project too.

http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/blogs/Off-Track/nascar-geoff-bodine-steven-holcomb-us-bobsled-team-olympics-sochi.html

Well we obviously can't win anything at the winter games by skill alone, so having a bit of British engineering lending a hand can only be a good thing :]

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:41 pm 
I agree minchy, to have such technical support is critical in such disciplines where the equipment is relevant. And I like what McLaren and the British team are doing, and sincerely wish them well.

But what tickles my fancy is how the article "forgot" this critical bit of history, and in Vancouver in 2010 the US team and their sled showed everyone the way. The only partial reference to this was "The company has been involved in the design of the equipment from the Canadian Olympics". What should concern British fans is whether this is a sincere long-term effort on both parts, or just a flash in the pan. Because in the USA it is a very sincere long term effort that receives a lot of support from many members of the NASCAR community. They were there in Vancouver, they are in Sochi, and will be contributing in PyeongChang in 2018. That means that the US sled will continually improve, evolve and get faster each year, for many years to come.


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