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The Wheel Trough - Page 11 - Buggy Alumni Association

The Wheel Trough

the cook
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Re: The Wheel Trough

Postby the cook » Sun May 02, 2010 6:36 pm

I have a radar gun that I brought to races for several years until I bored of it. Top teams were almost always 35mph, but ocassionally you'd get a glimmer of 36 briefly right before the turn. I did have it last year and only SDC saw 36.

the cop with the radar gun in '84 claimed 38 for colugo right before it spun which is possibe I suppose, with no other buggy topping 34 that day. Colugo's driver was a bit weighty and the shove was first-rate to be sure.

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Re: The Wheel Trough

Postby shafeeq » Sun May 02, 2010 7:27 pm

The 36-37 mph agrees with what I've seen from running timing traps right before the chute flag. Probably +-1-2mph accuracy, plus a good buggy is accelerating through the timing zone.

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Re: The Wheel Trough

Postby shafeeq » Sun May 02, 2010 7:52 pm


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Re: The Wheel Trough

Postby McCue » Sun May 02, 2010 8:41 pm


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Carl Nott
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Re: The Wheel Trough

Postby Carl Nott » Sun May 02, 2010 9:08 pm

Yeah, I had to do a bit of math comparing the drag of an airfoil vs. a ball too.

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BuggyBob
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Re: The Wheel Trough

Postby BuggyBob » Sun May 02, 2010 9:14 pm

I wasn't so concerned about the frontal area per se, but the turbulence of this 'wand thing' hanging out in the air.
Also, how important do you think the transition area from the bar to the body is? Some teams seem to spend a lot of time 'blending' the two areas together.
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Carl Nott
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Re: The Wheel Trough

Postby Carl Nott » Sun May 02, 2010 9:37 pm

Folks make different design choices based on their own experiences, obviously. We had a few cases where a pushbar got caught on a pusher and broke off so being able to easily replace a pushbar became more important than minimizing drag off of the transition. With the new focus on skintight outfits it's probably less likely that another team's pusher will get their shirt caught on the bar and break it when they fall to the ground tho.

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Re: The Wheel Trough

Postby revo » Sun May 02, 2010 11:45 pm


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DangerMike
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Re: The Wheel Trough

Postby DangerMike » Mon May 03, 2010 8:41 am

The size of the pushbar handle can't be that big of a deal. SDC's handles seem to be , but are nothing compared to .

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Re: The Wheel Trough

Postby JYuhas » Mon May 03, 2010 11:47 am



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