A technology often used to monitor process temperature — an infrared thermometer — showed its temperature-sensing prowess in a less familiar forum with winning results.

Team Shepherd won the Championship in the Swiss, Italian and Spanish 1/8th scale remote control car races this September as well as the European Championship in August. Team drivers used Exergen Global’s handheld infrared scanner to maintain optimal fuel consumption and engine temperatures in their cars.

The DX501 is suited to measure a micro car’s engine temperature because of its handheld form and size. According to Team Shepherd, the scanners delivered reliable and consistent measurement results, a vital step in ensuring an engine’s performance and safety.