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This week, I wanted to get a little more hardcore with the electronics and explain one of the products I once worked on: the Engine Control Unit (ECU) of a Formula 1 racing car. Some 10 years ago, I worked for a UK company that designed and built electronics for a large proportion of the racing world. From Formula Ford to World Rally cars, from go carts to NASCAR cars, their electronics found their way in. They designed things like data loggers, sensors, full car looms, and even the £50,000 steering wheels you used to see in the Ferrari Formula 1 cars. However, the really clever stuff was carried out inside the ECU. The basics of a car engine are easy to understand: suck in some air, mix a little fuel, add a little spark, and bang! You get a big explosion and lots of smelly gases which you throw…

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