High Speed Stuff Wrap-up: Pit Stops and Hybrid Pickup Trucks

Scott Benjamin

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There's no sense in delaying this any longer -- I know why you're here today. You probably want to know exactly what Ben and I have been discussing on iTunes over the past several days. Am I right? Well then, let's get right to it. Here's what you can expect to find on our High Speed Stuff podcast for the past week...

On Tuesday, we investigated pit stops. No, we're not talking about those quick bathroom stops that you inevitably have to make while on a road trip. We're interested in the kind of pit stops that you see when you're at the racetrack. Now even if you know very little about racing, it's likely that you understand pit stop basics: four new tires, a full tank of fuel, maybe a few adjustments to the car and the driver is back on the track in just a few seconds. But do you know just how dramatically different a pit stop can be in the various racing series'? I can imagine that most of you have seen a NASCAR pit stop, right? You've got to admit that those guys are like a well-oiled machine when it comes to getting the car back out on the track in a hurry. There's no doubt that they're good -- really good. Well, without giving too much away, let's just say that a NASCAR pit stop is relatively slow when compared to an IndyCar pit stop. And if you want to compare NASCAR pit stop times to Formula One pit stop times, well, there really is no comparison. A Formula One pit crew gets the job done in half the time. But how? What makes a Formula One pit stop that much quicker? You'll have to listen in on Tuesday's podcast to find out.

When Thursday rolled around, Ben and I had a conversation that was prompted by a question from a High Speed Stuff listener. He wanted to know about hybrid pickup trucks. Specifically, why aren't there any fuel-efficient hybrid pickup trucks on the market right now? After all, a lot of people in rural communities need (and will always need) the capability and versatility that only a pickup truck can provide. The listener's point was this: Why should truck owners be excluded from the fuel saving benefits of a hybrid? Well, as it turns out, there might be at least one hybrid pickup on the road soon. Of course, I'm talking about the Toyota A-BAT hybrid truck. It's kind of an on-again, off-again type of story, and nothing is definite right now, but Tune in to Thursday's episode to find out the latest on this interesting new form of hybrid vehicle.

Well, that's what's happening on the High Speed Stuff podcast this week. If you're intrigued by either of these topics, why don't you go over to iTunes and give it a listen? And while you're there, take the time to listen to some of our earlier episodes. Of course, don't forget to come back here to let us know what you think in the comment section below. Or if you'd rather send us an e-mail, you can do that, too. Just listen for Ben to read the address at the end of each podcast.

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