Highcroft Racing at Petit Lemans

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  1. Nathan

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    This years Petit Lemans had quite the drama. Scott Sharp wrote off a car in practice in a spectacular shunt where he walked away.

    The Shunt

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I361oZvBqYE"]YouTube - 2009 Petit Le Mans Scott Sharp HUGE Practice Crash[/ame]


    The team had to fly in the only remaining monocoque left in the US from CA and then build a new car. The following is the effort that took just of 24 hours condensed into just over 2 min. An incredible amount of work that show true professionalism from the crew.

    [ame=http://www.vimeo.com/6773074]ALMS: Patron Highcroft Petit Le Mans Rebuild on Vimeo[/ame]
     
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    THE BUILD RECAP / TIME-LINE

    Pre-petit work list items: 190

    Acura ARX-02a Statistics:
    Chassis mechanical parts: 4000
    Chassis electrical parts: 250
    Engine parts: 100 (excluding internals of engine)
    Gearbox parts: 350
    Parts with tracked life: 1000 (excluding internals of engine)
    Custom hardware (fasteners, o-rings, bearings): 450

    Rebuild Statistics:
    Parts reused: about 10%

    Rebuild Timeline
    (times are when tasks were completed, unless otherwise noted)
    Thursday
    3:43 PM - Accident
    4:15 PM - Damaged assessment finished
    4:45 PM - Spare part serial numbers allocated for car build
    5:00 PM - Finalized arrangements to ship spare tub
    6:00 PM - Spare tub picked up by freight service in California
    6:45 PM - Damaged car stripped, reusable parts identified
    11:00 PM - Replacement parts prepared and arranged for assembly
    12:00 AM - Team back to hotel

    Friday
    7:10 AM - Spare tub arrives at Atlanta airport, met by team members
    7:30 AM - Breakfast
    8:00 AM - Begin preparation for car build, organize and layout assemblies
    9:30 AM - Spare, bare tub arrives at track
    11:00 AM - Tub preparation finished
    12:00 PM - Lunch
    11:30 PM - Fresh engine fitted
    1:30 PM - Fresh gearbox fitted
    6:00 PM - Dinner
    8:00 PM - Four corners fitted on car
    9:00 PM - Race spare preparation begins
    11:45 PM - Hydraulic/fuel/electronic systems tested

    Saturday
    1:00 AM - Engine fired
    4:30 AM - Car on ground
    5:45 AM - Set up finished
    6:45 AM - Race strategy meeting
    8:15 AM - Warmup / Practice Session
     
  3. Deviant

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    That's truly amazing.
    They should have a race where the teams show up with no assembled car and they have to put the car together and complete a lap within a 24hour period.
     

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