Asian Festival of Speed (AFOS) – A Brief Look into the Details

Racing cars are something else. It gives you goosebumps every single time you look at it. All the details, the contour and the curve made it looks so sophisticated. All the complex parts made you wonder, what does this do? What does that do?

Italian with a German precision. Tuned by the German racing and engineering firm Reiter, the heart of this LP560 GT3, a 5.2 litre V10 engine produces 570 HP at 8,000 RPM. How much? I hear you ask. €265,000 euros for an absolute beauty!

Scraping marbles from the tyres is no fun, but it’s part of the job. The fun part is when the team wins, and you’re apart of it.

The Ferrari F430′s adjustable rear wing setup (above). Compare it with the the Lamborghini Gallardo and the LP560 setup below. Definitely both Lamborghinis are a lot simpler in its design with no markings and numbers, so the numbers were handwritten using a marker pen. Mechanics can adjust the rear wing angle of these cars to either add more downforce for cornering speed or reduce drag on the straight.

For the non technical person, the simple explanation is more angle = more downforce = more drag = faster cornering speed = slower straight line speed. Less angle = less downforce = less drag = slower cornering speed = faster straight line speed. So drivers and engineers have to find the best compromise between the two, because it is impossible to have the best of both worlds. Got it? Pretty simple, right?

Michael Choi’s working space inside the Reiter Lamborghini LP560. No airconditioning here, only a white air hose for cooling purposes. But who cares, don’t you wish that it’s your name that is written on the steering wheel instead?

A look at the rear lamp of the Gallardo has meticulous attention to detail written all over it. You can look at the car from any angle that you like, the result is pretty much the same. A beautiful beast!

A look at the Formula BMW’s front suspension system (above and below).

Off limits! Some of the teams preferred to work without any disturbance while others are a bit more relaxed about it.

The message above is pretty clear. Any replacement engine?

So as the sun sets at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC), the mechanics continue working on the cars for tomorrow’s qualifying and races. More updates and photos coming up from the Asian Festival of Speed at the SIC from the weekend. Stay tuned!

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