Motor sport has the power to excite and entertain millions across the world. It also has a responsibility, to its drivers, spectators and the wider public, to demonstrate the highest safety standards and to deliver the vital message that high speed belongs on the race circuit, not on the road. Here is a brief, but authentic look into the safety issues related to this adventure sport. The writer John Pettah is Race Engineer (Motorsport) of Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd in Pune.
With a global TV audience of hundreds of millions of fans, motor sport is one area that safety is of paramount importance. Crashes happen in racing, as on the road. However, the aim should be to engineer the car and circuit, and design the rules, to minimise risk of injury.
Even in the first lap itself of a car race, it so happens that the driver loses his control while trying to overtake his rival and topples at a speed of 100Km/h. The driver walks out with no problem and the race continues. This is just one example of what is commonly happening in motor sport. Motorsport is one area were safety aspects are been developed every day. Most of the safety measures currently used normal civilian vehicle like anti shatter film on the front wind screen is adopted in motorsport too.
As per the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) regulation, all motorsports vehicle should have clear tint on the all windows expect the rear. The basic idea of tinting the windows is protect the driver in the event of glass shattering during a crash.
(Read the full part of this article in the March issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2015)