We Peek Inside the Newest Racing Technologies To Find the Future of Regular Cars

Racing's Little Secrets

We still think of racing as the pointy spear of automotive development, where new ideas are tested in a freewheeling, cost-no-object arms race. It’s a romantic notion, though, and somewhat outdated, as racing isn’t what it used to be. The age of rulebook tyranny has descended, in which the goals of improved safety and reduced cost take precedence over ever-higher speeds. Indeed, today’s rulemakers spend more time trying to slow cars down than speed them up, and they exert their dominion with picayune chassis and engine guidelines. The 2016 FIA technical regulations governing Formula 1 cars run to 90 pages; regulation 5.11.1 limits the number of spark-plug firings per combustion event to five, et cetera and so forth. The series then forces uniform electronic controllers onto the teams as embedded spies to ensure compliance. Electronic stability controls and active aerodynamics, now common on road cars, are almost universally banned in racing, meaning a Porsche 918 Spyder is closer to technology’s sharp end than most race cars. READ MORE ››

Powered by WPeMatico