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    Le mans- so complicated....

    A friend of mine was one of Carol Shelby's drivers . He attended Le Mans the past weekend. The race against Ferrari and Ford was the main reason for his attendance. The technology is so much more advanced that you don't win without the pinnacle of training and equipment.

    3 million dollar simulator that requires engineers to operate.



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    I've been studying hybrid power and it just seems time and technology is so much faster today. I'm even a dinosaur in most respects, I just happen to know a lot about turbocharging and tuning these engines. It takes so much to develop a car nowadays, yet alone race them.
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    There is a lot of controversy over the GTE-Pro class. How does one compete in a production car based class and the car is not even a production car available to the public? How do you gain 4 seconds a lap between the pre race testing and qualifying? Enough to make the ACO change the BoP between Quali and the Race. Which still wasn't enough to help the naturally aspirated cars. As much as Ford won the class I feel a lot of people are going to consider it a very unprofessional and "purchased" victory.

    The LMP1 category is really pushing production car development, LED headlights, Hybrid systems, Turbocharging, Diesel, the list goes on and on...

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    I find that there is a sway in the market. More modern technology leaves technicians less skilled in older technology. That market is midway into the specialty boutiqe shops. The simple stuff is no longer that simple, and it's easier to plug in a computer for diagnostics than anything......then change a part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoover View Post
    I find that there is a sway in the market. More modern technology leaves technicians less skilled in older technology. That market is midway into the specialty boutiqe shops. The simple stuff is no longer that simple, and it's easier to plug in a computer for diagnostics than anything......then change a part.
    This is something that has been happening for a really long time. Manufactures don't allow the dealer technicians to do anything creative. Very few rebuilding procedures, its mostly replace. I guess this also a liability thing. There are quite a few problems at the dealers that are fixed with calibration updates, Something that would be very hard to diagnosis in the field with no computer. If you are computer savvy it is really easy to help diagnosis issues electronically. Key word "Help". If you are trying to only use a computer you've got the wrong idea. Having worked a lot with modern fuel injection and power distribution management I don't ever want to go back.

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    The fuel injection/calibration market is very saturated where-as everything late 60's to 73 requires a specialist nowadays. Fewer can say, I understand how "that" works......
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    That is how it is with everything now a days... Video games, computers, cameras, televisions, just about anything electronic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by EB Turbo View Post
    That is how it is with everything now a days... Video games, computers, cameras, televisions, just about anything electronic... EB Turbo
    There's less mechanical skills unfortunately.
    All the shops I know of for the past 30 years are now up in age and few can replace them.....
    Lee Noble asked me my age and glad I was young enough to have the energy for a while. It never dawned on me till the day arrived. Some of the local businesses that we network with ask what to do next since some of the older vendors that they rely on for specialty work are unsustainable.

    I teach my son but it's not quite the same, unfortunately. One must have personal drive to succeed.
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    Back to basics for this kid!
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