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Video: NASCAR, Science, and Engineering

sos_firesuits_smThe Science of Speed program, produced for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and written and hosted by Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, explains the scientific principles that are so essential to the NASCAR experience.

Through 12 videos ranging in topic from “firesuits” to “friction and heat” and “load transfer,” viewers learn how science and engineering makes sports cars powerful, agile, fast and safe–and how these same principles affect cars on the street.

You can’t win NASCAR races without getting the science right. NASCAR teams push science to its limits to eke out the tenths or hundredths of a second that separate the winner from the also-rans. This video series uses the elements of NASCAR to show that a racecar really is a science experiment on wheels. Read more about “The Science of Speed.”

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