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Application: CFD Helps DaimlerChrysler Accelerate Return to NASCAR
Posted Mon May 17, 2004 @04:33PM
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Application by Michelle Perkins

With 16 drivers competing in NASCAR's Nextel circuit including Ryan Newman, who notched eight wins and 11 pole positions last year it is easy to forget that only three years ago DaimlerChrysler's Dodge division was returning after a 25-year absence from stock car racing's most prestigious tour.

To gain a perspective on just how far Dodge has come, go back to 1999: DaimlerChrysler had fewer than 500 days to design and build a competitive car for the 43rd Daytona 500 in February 2001. The aerodynamics team accelerated its work with computational fluid dynamics (CFD), advanced visualization, and scale-model wind-tunnel development to augment traditional full-scale wind-tunnel and on-track testing. This combination of processes has since become the standard for DaimlerChrysler race programs and commercial cars.

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