The Effects of Density Altitude in Racing

2023-04-18 Kristian
Density Altitude is a way to describe the ambient air density (the amount of air molecules per volume of air) and relate it to the altitude where that density would be found in a “normal” atmosphere. This sounds pretty technical, but think of it as a way to standardize how we measure air density, specifically for performance calculations. In racing, the density altitude affects the power output by the engine, its cooling, and also the aerodynamic drag on the car. Continue reading

Instantly Find the Density Altitude (And Much More)

2023-02-02 Kristian
Density Altitude affects everything from the power an engine can make, the lift of a wing, the flight of a golfball or the bite of a propeller. For racers, the ideal jetting of the carburetor is highly dependent on DA. It can easily mean the difference of a being on or off the podium. For pilots, Density Altitude is even more crucial as it can determine whether an aircraft can safely take off from a given airfield or bush strip. Continue reading