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CONTENTS JANUARY 2012 VOLUME 22 NUMBER 1


COVER STORY


8 Fossett LSR Ready to roll world record contender looking for new owner. Must not be afraid of travelling at speed…


COLUMNS


5 Chris Aylett The MIA’s Chief Executive says that there is huge demand for young engineering talent


7 Paul Weighell Our columnist presents his case for dropping aero devices


FEATURES


17 Outright Land Speed Record contenders America, Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia all have their sights set on 1000mph, but who will get there first?


32 Hindsight: Mercedes Type 80 In 1939 Germany built a car to tackle the World Land Speed Record. It never ran, but it still exists


38 200mph in miniature 1/10th scale land speed racer aims for 200mph. The trouble is seeing it


42 TC2000 Argentinian Touring Car series puts the fun back into tin top racing – both for the engineers and the spectators


TECHNICAL


47 The Consultant Mark Ortiz on live axle rear suspension modificatons


51 Databytes A series of challenges with which to test yourself


55 Aerobytes Simon McBeath concludes his look at the two opposing Sports Racers by tidying up some of the details


59 Danny Nowlan The 2D tyre modelling conundrum and how to fix it using set- up referencing


64 Aero at 1000mph Simon McBeath looks at the problems facing the World LSR contenders, and how the teams are approaching them


73 LMP 1 rear wings We use CFD to investigate the actual effect of the ACO’s 2009 regulations, aimed at slowing the top-level Prototypes


BUSINESS NEWS


80 Industry news Ferrari push for three-car teams, Renault becomes Lotus and GM unveil the best looking Daytona Protoype yet


88 New products


90 Racecar interview The editor discusses the future of European motorsport with GT supremo Stephane Ratel


98 Bump stop


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