Biometrics in Motorsport

Biometrics in Motorsport, improve driver performance

Biometrics refers to technologies that measure and analyse human body characteristics.

We measure Biometrics in Motorsport so that we can tune a driver in much the same way we tune a vehicle or motor.  The human body reacts to different environments, situations and stresses, which can have a profound impact on a person’s reaction time, judgement and performance.

Many of the factors that influence a driver’s performance can be controlled, optimized or managed to minimize the impact on performance. 

A driver overheating or experiencing fatigue has been proven to greatly affect one's cognitive abilities and response times.  We have also seen that high stress levels increase the probability that a driver will make mistakes.

As the body reacts to different situations, Biometrics can identify what and where these factors occur; identification is the first step for optimization.

Biometrics show the stressors a person undergoes while racing.  This information can be used to tailor training programs to best prepare a driver for the physical requirements to ensure peak performance.

For years we have monitored every part of the vehicle possible – every part except for the most critical component – the driver.

Biometrics is now available for all levels of Motorsport.  This technology has great benefits for all levels of Motorsport.  Newer drivers can easily identify their stress triggers and the situations where they lack confidence, and experienced drivers can compare their baseline performance and optimize their training programs.  This technology is no longer just for F1!




Chris Blomfield-Brown
Chris Blomfield-Brown

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Chris an avid competitive cyclist has been running his race engineering consulting group for over 12 years. He also taught for various Motorsport Programs and continues to mentors FSAE and Student F1 projects and is always open for questions



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