Too hot to handle

2019-03-07 02:18:01

By Duncan Graham-Rowe MOTOR racing drivers are becoming an increasing danger to themselves and others. It’s not bravado, but heat and high levels of carbon monoxide that are seriously impairing some competitors’ ability to drive. Safety measures such as fire-retardant suits only make the problem worse. Timothy Ackland at the University of Western Australia’s Department of Human Movement and Exercise Science in Nedlands and his colleagues made the discovery while running tests on drivers from the US National Association of Stock Car Automobile Racing. “It is most certainly dangerous,” says Ackland. “Anecdotally,