When a mechanics ready a 3 Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars for a foe or perform a array stops during a competition a meddlesome spectator will shortly notice in sold that all of this takes place in a form of well-practiced routines. The procedures and circle changes are right on a mark, a refueling of a cars and a motorist changes take place with pinpoint accuracy. The reason is that a mechanics have used this ‘choreography’ hundreds of times – plus, a procedures are softened year by year.
Unlike in a DTM, not usually a tires are altered during a array stop during Le Mans. First, a automobile is refueled and afterwards a wheels are altered – if required during all. A limit of 4 mechanics are authorised to work on one automobile in a array lane, according to a regulations. Two of them might change a tires. Therefore, pointing is essential in this box too. It starts with a earthy aptness of a mechanics and extends to a credentials of a component by to a ability of creation a right moves blindfolded.
“Since Jan a guys have been training during a gym for dual hours twice a week,” says Ralf Jüttner, group executive of Audi Sport Team Joest. A aptness tutor has put together a special module for a motorsport squad. “Endurance and strength are usually dual aspects,” explains Stefan Grimm, who as organisation arch is obliged for a array organisation during Audi Sport Team Joest. “The aim is not to be harmed while doing a a wheels and a energy wrench for example.” Therefore, Dr. Christian John, who has been Audi Sport’s group alloy given 1983, has grown specific exercises for flesh groups of a mechanics that are disposed to sold stress. The medicine provides nutritive recommendation on a competition weekend as well.
The group starts to reconnoitre itself early with a record of a competition cars that are subjected to serve growth year after year. The arch mechanics of Audi Sport Team Joest are always concerned when a Audi exam group runs trials of a new competition automobile era in a winter in sequence to ready instructions for a whole crew. Subsequently, in Ingolstadt, a competition group prepares a competition cars for a initial time before a deteriorate starts. “That’s when we use changing all a components and ready special tools. In addition, we precisely request particular technical tasks,” says Stefan Grimm. For instance, cessation elements such as a supposed entertain suspensions – a suspensions of any particular circle – are accessible during a competition lane as preassembled components that conform to a applicable cessation set-up. If a competition motorist touches a lane separator in an collision and a cessation is focussed a group can sell a whole assembly. “This takes about 4 to 5 minutes,” says a Joest employee.
Even some-more considerable is a time spent on changing physique tools that might be shop-worn in duels with opponents. The quick hands in a pits sell a back component including a wing and diffusor and a engine cover in 60 to 70 seconds. “The calmer we go about doing your job, a quicker you’ll be,” analyzes a mechanic. “There are many stairs we don’t even have to consider about anymore. They’re finished as automatically as brushing one’s teeth.” The exigency for this is that all gangling tools have formerly been checked for correctness of fit and adapted. A lot of work is invested in this minute preparation, as a sufficient series of gangling partial groups contingency be preassembled.
The biggest plea follows during a end. “We’re watchful a whole time around a race,” says Stefan Grimm. “That’s since nourishment and aptness are quite important. Even between a array stops we frequency get any nap since a radio trade keeps us awake.” Via radio communications a organisation receives all a instructions from a competition operative during a array wall.
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