Bosch and Pratt & Miller - Forward Focus Collision Avoidance
A Pratt & Miller Engineering and Bosch Motorsports partnership is taking
steps toward making the world of motorsports safer through an award-winning
radar system. The Collision Avoidance System, which tracks cars and
distances, works as an "extra set of eyes," as Corvette racer Richard
Westbrook described. Track images are captured and overlaid with radar data
on the rear view display. This allows for at-a-glance driver recognition,
even at night and in the rain.
This integration of multiple hardware and software components started
gaining a great deal of attention last March, with its debut at the 12
Hours of Sebring. Within a year's time, the system has received two awards
in the motorsports community, is now in its production ready version and is
about to be shipped across the world to teams in need.
The new version totes some serious improvements: 50% thinner, 30% lighter
and streamlined internal hardware components for improved reliability and
manufacturability. This has been the result of intense collaboration with
Bosch Motorsports and their production expertise over the last two months.
One of the advantages of this system is that the driver doesn't need to
take their eyes off the road; they can utilize it with just their
peripheral vision due to how the interface is designed. "This has kind of
been the goal all along," says Chris Hammond, the Lead Radar System
Engineer at Pratt & Miller. "It's funny that we are developing this product
and putting so much time into how it looks and functions, to have the end
goal of making it so the driver never has to look directly at it."
While the Corvette C7.R is one of the fastest GT cars, they aren't the
fastest overall on the track. With two other faster classes that run at the same time,
being able to see those cars as they are approaching creates a safer
environment for overtaking and provides teams and fans with what they
want— more green-flag racing.
Pratt & Miller Collector Car Restorations - November 2010
Pratt & Miller Collector Car Restorations Overview
Restoration Technician, Bridgette, highlights some of our current projects
including a 1962 Plymouth Valiant, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS L78, 1976
Oldsmobile Cutlass 442, 1968 Chevrolet Camaro and a 1932 Ford 5 Window
Please check out our website at http://www.prattmillerrestorations.com
ZR1 Nurburgring Official 7:26.4 Record Corvette Lap!!
With development engineer Jim Mero behind the wheel, the ZR1 paced the
Nürburgring in a time of 7:26.4. The engine rpm and the vehicle speed are
the actual data taken during this lap. The elapsed time was measured
electronically and confirmed with two hand-held stopwatches. The video is
continuous and unedited. Watch and listen as the ZR1 tackles the twists
and turns of "the Ring" and sets one of the fastest times ever clocked for
a production car. Distributed by Tubemogul.
Motus MST V4 Motorcycle in Motion
The Motus story continues. Watch some behind the scenes action of the MST
prototype builds and the very first test rides. As development continues,
Motus is gearing up for a public showing of the prototypes during Daytona
Bike Week 2011.
Special thanks to our team at Pratt & Miller Engineering as well as Pratt &
Miller's Video Production crew. "Rebirth of Power" written and performed by
Brett Hestla for Motus. "Fire in the Belly" by The Hurt Report.
Motus American V4 Sport Tour 2011 - California (wheelie)
"This is not your typical American motorcycle." Alan Cathcart
"It's a step beyond where I thought it would be." Blake Conner - Cycle
(...yeah, but can it wheelie??)
After 15 separate events in 20 days covering almost 6000 miles, the first
leg of the American Sport Tour is a wrap. These tours, which will come to
the four corners of the U.S., are designed to test our machines in
different environments and meet with dealers, fans and customers along the
way. First leg....mission accomplished.
Special thanks again to The Dexateens for music from their upcoming DVD
"Live at The Nick".
Pratt & Miller Restorations Overview - August 2011
Here is what is currently happeneing in the Restoration Dept. at Pratt &
Miller Engineering. This video gives you a behind the scenes look at the
current projects and happenings.