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October 21, 2016

HIGHLIGHTS Drivers endure increased thermal and cardiovascular stress during stock car racing. Competitive stock car racing in hot conditions may lead to large fluid losses. Drivers should consider strategies to meet the thermoregulatory challenges. ABSTRACT Heat strain experienced by motorsport athletes competing in National Association for Stock Car Automobile Racing (NASCAR) may be significant enough to impair performance or even result in a life-threatening accident. There is a need to carefully quantify heat strain during actual NASCAR race competitions in order to faithfully...

August 17, 2016

What are the technical/social implications of introducing head protection into open wheeled formulas? Are the FIA’s preferred concepts for the 2017 season the most applicable solutions?  Paul Richard Hailes, FdSc. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the qualification of BSc (Hons) in Motorsport Engineering in collaboration with  The University of Bath May 2016 1   ABSTRACT This report examines the potential for a suitable solution for head protection in open wheeled, open cockpit formulas within Motorsport. This will take into...

May 11, 2015

The FIA will begin sourcing data and information from hundreds of racing accidents around the world, using the information gathered to guide the future of motor sport safety. The FIA World Accident Database (WADB) will be used by the FIA and its National Sporting Authorities (ASNs) to log data from accidents; including vehicle and procedural information, as well as medical and other repercussions. Jean Todt, President of the FIA, believes that the new process will help provide the best possible information for the engineering of safety solutions in motor sport. “The database will be the...

December 8, 2010

A strong FIA Institute delegation has visited the US over the last two weeks to participate in a number of high-level conferences and meetings with key stakeholders in US motor racing. The Institute participated in major events at both the International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS) in Indianapolis on 29-30 November and the Annual Congress of the International Council of Motorsport Sciences (ICMS) in Orlando on 7-8 December. Leading members of the FIA Institute's safety and sustainability divisions gave presentations at the Safety and Technical Conference, part of the...

November 28, 2004

1 Introduction On Sunday April 29th, 2001, CART was to make its debut at the Texas Motor Speedway. Two hours prior to the green flag, the drivers refused to race on the track. While running practice laps the previous two days, drivers were reaching relatively higher than normal speeds (topping at 236.9 mph) on the oval’s high 24 banked turns. Drivers were subjected to over 5G on their bodies and of the 25 drivers, 21 of them complained of being disoriented and dizzy while racing. Others complained of visual problems and one driver admitted to momentarily passing out on the back stretch and...

February 23, 2001

Introduction to How NASCAR Safety Works A National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) car is an amazing machine that pushes the physical limitations of automotive engineering. Crafting one of these cars is a meticulous task that takes dozens of designers, engineers and mechanics who put in hundreds of hours to perfect the car before it ever rolls onto a race track. On the track, the driver shows off his professional skills by directing this 3,400-pound (1,542-kg) machine around an oval track at speeds that would terrify most people. For many, sitting at the...

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