Very nice article by Zach Zorich went online today in The New Yorker!
Read it here: http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/electric-future-motorcycle-racing
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We clean up pretty well, believe it or not. We had a great time at the Faculty of Engineering, The University of Auckland Alumni Dinner. What’s better than great food and a room full of engineers?
Bill and I both had our slick and super-comfy suits tailor made in Hong Kong a few years ago. Match that with a 3D printed handbag and a pearl necklace that my dad bought for my mom in Japan 1980. #FemaleEngineerRockingTheStyle :-D
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--- "HANS" neck protector - this is how it works! ---
This article is a few years old, but it explains in a simple way how the head and neck protector for motorsport works.
This life-saving piece of equipment is often referred to as "HANS" - an acronym for "Head And Neck Support". However, HANS is actully a trade name. FIA calls it FHR for "Frontal Head Restraint", while SFI simply calls it "Head and Neck Restraint Systems". Both SFI and FIA certify these.
There are several brands on the market. I personally use the Hybrid version from Simpson. Similar devices are also available for motorcycle riders. I wore one when I faceplanted in a ditch at Pike's Peak in 2010, and it might have saved my life.
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The "head and neck support" system has revolutionized motorsports safety.
*Phew* All our workshop and racing stuff is back in our sea container, thanks to great help from drag racing champion Athol Williams.
We have been storing all our stuff at his place, 1 hour south of Auckland. Moving the entire container to our new shop north of Auckland the coming week. It is faster and cheaper to transport the entire container, unload it, and send it back to storage at Athol's place, than to move all machines and parts in an rental truck. It contains almost 10 tons of stuff, including a lathe, a milling machine, two welders, band saw, tons (literally!) of tools, and all the chrome-moly tubing needed to build the Green Envy.
Can’t wait to get back into the shop and start working. It has been almost a year since I welded anything.... ... See more
We have had a wheelie busy evening. 😀 Making great progress on the new wheels for KillaJoule. Finite Element Analysis is our best friend right now!
Read more about our project to literally re-inventing the wheel here: http://scienceenvy.com/re-inventing-the-wheel/
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