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Author Topic: $3 Bolt Ruins McLaren's Test Day  (Read 1823 times)

Offline cosworth151

$3 Bolt Ruins McLaren's Test Day
« on: March 02, 2018, 03:53:12 PM »
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  • McLaren racing director Eric Boullier is not happy about McLaren's last test day. A $3 exhaust bracket bolt failed. That caused the exhaust to drop and fry parts of the power train & electrical systems.

    "It's a stupid bolt which broke in the exhaust," Boullier said. "It's a $3 problem which cost us a lot of track time. Everything was burned, so we had to rebuild the back of the car. It didn't cost us much to revise the design, it's more about the track time lost. As you can see the design is still the same and the car is still running."

    I'll bet he originally used a different, more colorful adjective then "stupid" to describe the bolt.  ;)

    http://www.racer.com/f1/item/147719-stupid-bolt-ruined-mclaren-running-on-tuesday


    “You can search the world over for the finer things, but you won't find a match for the American road and the creatures that live on it.”
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    Offline John S

    Re: $3 Bolt Ruins McLaren's Test Day
    « Reply #1 on: March 02, 2018, 05:29:58 PM »
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  • It was ever thus.

    Many times good F1 and other motor series race positions have been lost to failures of supppsedly simple and cheap components.

    Better it shows the vulnerability in testing than in actual racing I'd have thought. 

    Surely that's what testing is for - to find weak spots.
    Racing is life - everything else is just waiting. (Steve McQueen)

    Offline Jericoke

    Re: $3 Bolt Ruins McLaren's Test Day
    « Reply #2 on: March 02, 2018, 07:54:09 PM »
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  • That's why you always use the $5 bolt

    Offline Scott

    Re: $3 Bolt Ruins McLaren's Test Day
    « Reply #3 on: March 02, 2018, 08:47:36 PM »
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  • That's why you always use the $5 bolt
    :DD :DD

    ...or better yet, the $50 bolt, like NASA, the military or the government would.
    The Honey Badger doesn't give a...

    Offline Dare

    Re: $3 Bolt Ruins McLaren's Test Day
    « Reply #4 on: March 02, 2018, 10:05:06 PM »
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  • A cheap part cost the turbine engine a Indy 500 win
    "The
    democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
    who are
    willing to work and give to those who would not."
    --
    Thomas
    Jefferson

    Offline lkjohnson1950

    Re: $3 Bolt Ruins McLaren's Test Day
    « Reply #5 on: March 03, 2018, 02:18:30 AM »
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  • As I recall a "5 dollar bearing".
    Lonny

    Offline Dare

    Re: $3 Bolt Ruins McLaren's Test Day
    « Reply #6 on: March 03, 2018, 04:27:35 AM »
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  • As I recall a "5 dollar bearing".

    Wasn't that the last year turbines were allowed to compete?
    "The
    democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
    who are
    willing to work and give to those who would not."
    --
    Thomas
    Jefferson

    Offline lkjohnson1950

    Re: $3 Bolt Ruins McLaren's Test Day
    « Reply #7 on: March 03, 2018, 05:47:31 AM »
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  • No. Granatelli and LOTUS teamed up to run the AWD LOTUS 56. The first doorstop wedge at INDY. They did reduce the inlet quite a bit which reduced the power.


    https://www.ultimatecarpage.com/img/Lotus-56-Pratt-and-Whitney-15638.html
    « Last Edit: March 03, 2018, 05:51:02 AM by lkjohnson1950 »
    Lonny

    Offline Robem64

    Re: $3 Bolt Ruins McLaren's Test Day
    « Reply #8 on: March 03, 2018, 01:37:22 PM »
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  • Japan 2017 - Vettel retirement, spark plug failure!
    "I'm not a pessimist, I'm an optimist with experience"

    Offline Alianora La Canta

    Re: $3 Bolt Ruins McLaren's Test Day
    « Reply #9 on: March 03, 2018, 04:11:21 PM »
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  • Damon Hill, Hungary 1997 - 50 p washer. One day, I might come to terms with that particular cheap component...
    Percussus resurgio
    @lacanta (Twitter)
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    Offline cosworth151

    Re: $3 Bolt Ruins McLaren's Test Day
    « Reply #10 on: March 03, 2018, 08:51:14 PM »
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  • As I recall a "5 dollar bearing".

    $5 was worth a lot more back then.   ;)
    “You can search the world over for the finer things, but you won't find a match for the American road and the creatures that live on it.”
    ― Bob Dylan

    Offline Dare

    Re: $3 Bolt Ruins McLaren's Test Day
    « Reply #11 on: March 03, 2018, 09:11:50 PM »
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  • As I recall a "5 dollar bearing".

    $5 was worth a lot more back then.   ;)
    [/quote

    Yeah you could buy 25 cokes and 25 candy bars....now 2 cokes and
    1 candy bar
    "The
    democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
    who are
    willing to work and give to those who would not."
    --
    Thomas
    Jefferson