Mar 28, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT
The next evolution of NASCAR’s “Air Titan” track-drying system – a more compact version that features a single, self-contained unit on the bed of a Toyota Tundra – has been revealed this morning at Martinsville Speedway.
“Air Titan 2.0” more than triples the blade capacity of the original, and delivers more air volume while raising the air temperature by 70 degrees over the ambient. The goal is to reduce track-drying time by a further 80 percent.
The new Air Titan is also greener, too. It will use nearly 80 percent less fuel and emit 80 percent less carbon dioxides as well.
“Developed by our engineers at the NASCAR R&D Center, Air Titan 2.0 will help us more quickly return to racing, which serves our most important mission – the enjoyment of our fans,” said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO, who added that the system is “the ultimate win-win-win for our sport, our fans and our environment.”
With the bigger support vehicles of the original now rendered unnecessary, NASCAR can now use as many as 21 units in Toyota Tundras at larger venues while operating more efficiently at smaller venues.
The new Air Titan will work in conjunction with a track vacuum/sweeper from Elgin (now the official sweeper of NASCAR’s environmental initiative, NASCAR Green) and existing track dryers.
More details can be found below in this graphic furnished by the series:
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