Engineering The Driver

Original article from AutoAction Bathurst edition October 15th, 2015.
Article from AutoAction   October 15, 2015

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Crashes, spins and driving errors often happen due to poor decisions which in many cases are influenced by driver stress, fatigue and overheating – factors that can greatly effect a drivers performance and well-being.  Using Biometric information we can “engineer the driver” by identifying where and how these factors impact the driver giving insight why one driver outperforms another or has better results on a different day or venue.  

Many teams are now monitoring drivers’ Biometric information including: heart rate, body temperature, oxygen levels and driver identification using the BioTelemetry device from the Australian start-up Wireless Motorsport. BioTelemetry wirelessly receives Biometric information and integrates the live data with the vehicles existing data acquisition, telemetry and video systems allowing teams to analyze the driver along with all the other vehicle sensors and systems.

 “For years we have been monitoring everything in the race car – everything except the most important part – the driver.”

Driver stress is very often a major factor in driver performance. Stress is a subconscious reaction to a situation where they lack confidence and often results in driving errors. Stress can be increased by a single corner, section of the circuit or situations like traffic or qualifying. It has become clear that ‘the faster driver is always the calmer more confident driver’ and decreasing stress has seen noteworthy results.

Driver fatigue and overheating decrease cognitive abilities and reaction time impacting performance. Measuring drivers Biometrics also gives an accurate assessment of the level of fitness required. Drivers are often surprised at the physical effort they exert driving and can find it challenging matching those levels in the gym.

Using Biometrics in Motorsport is proving to be an effective and informative way to help ‘engineer the driver’ to improve on track performance without touching the car.

For more information see: www.WirelessMotorsport.com




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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