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NASA and NASCAR

Posted July 16, 2010 12:01 AM by CarDomain

One of Joe Gibbs' NASCAR Toyota teams recently went out for some aero testing at the massive Kennedy Space Center runway, where the space shuttle lands. They were going for vehicle dynamics rather than top speed, paying particular attention to downforce and handling during deceleration between 205 and 150 mph.

Testing at facilities like Kennedy is actually cheaper than the wind tunnel, which can cost NASCAR teams upwards of $4000 per hour. For its part, NASA has a whole program dedicated to pushing "business development uses for the spaceport's unique assets." Good for them. As fundraisers go, it sure beats a bake sale.

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