I don't see any risks whatsoever, at least from our perspective. In fact, I really believe that getting them involved in programs and projects like this one as being beneficial.
One of the big programs that kick-started Sensors into our efforts to develop on-board emissions measuring equipment was in conjunction with the EPA and its desire to have a way to test outside a laboratory setting. I think the racing project has caused us to really consider packaging the product in a way that streamlines it to accommodate smaller on-board spaces for such equipment.
In particular, as engine builders become convinced that we're not just about emissions and offer an opportunity to evaluate the on-board combustion efficiency of engines for the sake of improved performance, the emissions side of the equation will essentially take care of itself.
To what extent do you believe your (Sensors') participation in this project will benefit both your company and the Circle Track readership?
It's a bit difficult to gauge our participation in this particular project but there's always beneficial feedback. Simply put, we learn so much about specific application needs, how we should streamline the product to meet certain demands, and, in the case at hand, what we can do to help make the project as meaningful and successful as possible. But once again, a specific benefit to everyone involved, including the magazine's readership, is the opportunity to learn more about new technologies and how our equipment can be configured to meet new objectives.
The motorsports industry is ripe for ways they can use exhaust measuring equipment to help optimize a race engine's combustion efficiency, perhaps by methods they'd not previously considered. I can't overemphasize the importance of recognizing that measuring exhaust emissions is only one byproduct of evaluating the combustion process.
To really focus on determining how a given engine package or type of fuel can be optimized for superior performance requires a more precise study of what is going on in the combustion space. We believe our Sensors technology is a clear path to enabling that approach to achieving maximum power that's not at the expense of emissions control. We view challenges of this type as opportunities for everyone involved.