Racing is a subject that often brings up mixed opinions. Some believe that it’s an amazing sport that is truly a challenge on both the physical and mental levels. Others believe that its a terrible and reckless activity that often causes the deaths of both drivers and spectators. Yet racing is actually a activity that saves many more lives than it has ever cost. There are many ways in which racing saves lives. The three biggest ways in which motorsports saves lives is first improving the driving skills of the drivers, improving the safety of the vehicles themselves, and lastly protecting the driving from the environment around them. If we continue to support racing then safety improvements will continue to trickle down to road legal consumer cars.
One of the biggest improvements to vehicle safety is improving the ability of a driving to maintain control of his or her vehicle. There are many high speed driving school that will train a driver beyond the basics of car control that will make a the student much safer at higher speeds or in hazardous conditions. These driving schools offered by motorsports clubs around America often call them defensive driving schools. (Tirerack) These schools often consist of teaching drivers how to control their cars while making quick decisions at high speeds. These basic concepts of weight transfer and input smoothness are used at all speeds to maintain control of a vehicle. Mastering these concepts is so advantageous to a driver that many insurance companies will reduce your premiums for taking these schools.(GEICO) The only reason why an insurance company lowers your premiums is if they believe that a driver is less likely to be in an accident. Motorsports is just another level of mastery over these basic concepts that are taught by driving schools. One of the other major concepts taught in motorsports is looking ahead. This may seems like a simple idea but it has major benefits in both racing and driving on the street. In racing looking ahead allows a driver to prepare for a coming turn long before it happens. On the road looking ahead allows a driver to recognise problems even before they become problems for the driver. That makes looking ahead the most important skill that can be taught and it is taught by racing. Race cars are the most advanced cars in the world often utilising technologies that are anywhere from five to twenty years away from being used in production cars. One of the technologies pioneered by racing is the multilink suspension.(Lamers) In racing the suspension is used to maintain the largest possible contact surface with the ground allowing for the largest possible amount of friction with the ground. This technology came into all forms of racing including Formula One and Rally. Multilink suspension are now used in almost all cars for both safety and comfort. One of the most famous companies that uses the multilink suspension is audi who is also known for their record of wins at the 24 hours of Le Mans. Audi describes its racing as, “a laboratory for successfully developing revolutionary Audi innovations” they say that use the harsh conditions to make the best possible parts for their cars such as the a8 and r8.(Audi) Even with a multilink suspension holding all four tires to the ground there would not be any grip if it wasn’t for the different tire groove designs researched in the laboratory also known as a track. Tire grooves allow a tire to grip on uneven surfaces such as concrete or dirt. Tire grooves can also be used to grip in special situations such as when there is snow on the ground in the case on snow tires and studded tires. One of the companies that most directly shows how racing influence the design of tire compounds and treads is Pirelli. Pirelli is known for , “creating products for its performance and racecars with technology that can then be applied to luxury and general consumer cars”. Pirelli takes the successes it has on the racetrack and...
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