Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Technology & Racing: Two Peas In a Pod

Over the course of the last century, technology has marched steadily towards the future with astounding speed. We have become almost encumbered by the staggering amount of technology all around us, making us dependent on our cell phones and Facebook accounts. Racing has experienced similar technological advancements, effecting racers in such a way that makes them seem almost coddled compared to race-car drivers of yesteryear. Back in the day, safety regulations consisted of a helmet, fire-retardant suit, and a five-point harness. It was the driver and the car, that was it. Fast forward twenty-five years, and these guys have automatic fire-extinguishers, built in roll cages, and hundreds of electronic assists to aid them 'round the track. Not only does this make racing seem less significant, but it makes today's fans less hopeful for tomorrows generation of racing.

I say this because the more concerned we become for the safety of the racers, the less exciting the race itself will actually be. I'm not saying that these guys have to die to make racing more interesting, but I am saying that they know what they're getting into, and that racing is a dangerous sport. We should not allow ourselves to be distracted from the purity of car and driver by placing restrictions and regulations that they simply do not need. The new Nissan Deltawing fiasco is a perfect example. Here we have a groundbreaking new vehicle that is faster and more efficient than similarly classed vehicles, and people are concerned that it's too dangerous because apparently it's hard to see on-track. I call B.S, because how can you possibly miss this thing? It's a friggin Bat-mobile! What do you think? Is racing becoming a meaningless sport because of the ridiculous standards and regulations? Let us know in the comments below.

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