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Offline Justin Danger

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A scientific approach to performance
« on: October 18, 2015, 09:08:37 PM »
I have been all over the place when it comes to interests; from flying planes and learning about aerodynamic theory around the age of 9 or 10 to playing music, to becoming a hardcore computer performance nerd (before you could just go online and buy a watercooled "modded" computer).  One thing that has always been there, the thing that I always come back to, and that thing is cars.  In the last few years I have determined that I am going to just give in and become a full time car nut and get it over with. 

It has been a battle of what little will power I have to study physical therapy instead of studying suspension, but now that school is over I can devote more time to taking my automotive knowledge up a few levels.  As I learn more about automotive performance, I find a lot of things I thought I understood are wrong.  Most of my information growing up (before the internet was something I could access for information) came from other people, factory service manuals, and my own experience and perceptions.  Now that the internet is the main resource for information, it becomes harder and harder to distinguish fact from fiction, actual tested information from forum lore, and experience from googling.  With the aide of this forum and some input from others that want to join me, I intend to create an oasis of fact amongst a sea of armchair racers.

Getting a degree in a medical field has been very valuable for learning how to scientifically approach things and determine if information is valid.  I have become very adept at spotting information that has very little to back it up and I am going to apply this as I learn more about all aspects of automotive performance.  As my income returns to something useful (and beyond!), I will gain first-hand knowledge by applying a lot of this new information.  Until then I am going to be finding as much legitimate information as possible on everything from oil (you are probably totally wrong on this subject) to shocks, to the deep, murky waters of engine building and then subjecting it to research, validation, and getting feedback from people with actual experience.

Hopefully this will prove a valuable resource in the years to come and a good refresher for those of you who already know.
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