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NASCAR on TSN produces new video segments at UOIT’s ACE

Sports broadcaster takes advantage of ACE’s advanced motorsport testing capabilities

Vehicle testing on the dynamometer inside the ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel
Vehicle testing on the dynamometer inside the ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel

Sports broadcaster TSN teamed up with the ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in October and November to a produce a series of short video segments detailing the importance of vehicle aerodynamics, suspension and having quality tires, both on and off the auto racing track.

NASCAR on TSN – Benefits of Aerodynamic Optimization

NASCAR on TSN – Question of Suspension

NASCAR on TSN – Winter Driving Necessities

The program NASCAR on TSN created and aired three segments comparing NASCAR champion Scott Steckly’s race car to that of a pick-up truck at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Clarington, Ontario.

Each video utilizes ACE’s key dynamic testing capabilities to demonstrate how strategic design similarities between race cars and consumer vehicles will not only help win the race but put more money in every driver’s wallet as well.

The first segment focuses on aerodynamics through the use of ACE’s state-of-the-art Speed Lab software. It focuses on the performance benefits realized by both the race car and truck through aerodynamic optimization, regardless of their difference in automotive purpose.

The second segment brings suspension into question. Using ACE’s relentless Four-Post Shaker, both vehicles are put to the test to determine the difference in suspension needs in varying road conditions.

The last segment uses ACE’s Climatic Wind Tunnel (CWT) to simulate blizzard conditions and highlight the importance of winter tires. Using the CWT’s large dynamometer, both winter and seasonal tires are put to the test and compared in frigid conditions to display how differently they perform during typical harsh Canadian winter conditions.

“Racing has always been a source for technology that eventually gets transferred to the consumer vehicle market,” says Don Toporowski, ACE General Manager. “When TSN told us that they wanted to share some of the ways that the ACE Speed Lab helps to make this happen, we were delighted to participate. There is a lot of great science and product development that goes on at ACE every day for many different sectors. We are always eager to share this with the public.”

For more information about ACE:
Colin Howard
Marketing Specialist and Account Manager, ACE
University of Ontario Institute of Technology