Race Car

Our cars are very technical pieces of equipment, with new and exciting advancements emerging on a near daily basis. Right now, manufacturers are working away at the latest ground-breaking technology; a secret for now but soon to be the latest global phenomenon.

The cars themselves may come in all shapes and sizes and while a Space Wagon, pickup truck and Mini may at first seem to have fairly little in common; in reality, many of the pieces of technology in a vehicle that have become a part of everyday life have stemmed from the same beginning: the sports car.

Quick Start

The days of fumbling about with keys are long gone as many newer car models now start at just the push of a button. With some, the button functions as the only means to ignite the engine; for others a key much be inserted, followed by the use of the button and for others, electronic fobs replace the key altogether; with the car able to sense when it is near; automatically unlocking the doors and then starting the engine once inside.

While there are numerous variations of the system, they all come from the sports car, which developed the idea in response to the need to be able to start as quickly as possible.

Tires

The tires are what connect your vehicle to the road, so are evidently a crucial component of any car. If you take the time to look at your tires, you will notice the grooves in them; their purpose being to pass safely through water and mud – That’s why the grooves on off-road vehicles are much deeper, since the terrain they will be handling is much tougher. The inspiration for this of course came from sports cars, since they need to be able to pass over the road as safely and as smoothly as they can.

Sports car

Materials

Sports car manufacturers design them to be as lightweight yet physically durable as possible, to provide speed and strength. This has led to the implementation of the likes of aluminium and carbon fibre, which have increasingly started to appear on mass production cars. The lighter it is, the better the fuel economy and therefore the greater the appeal to consumers.

Safety

With top speeds and bold driving, there is of course an inherent risk of high impact collisions when racing; this is why the drivers need to be heavily protected. The very framework of a car is designed to absorb shock and reduce the strain put on the driver’s body; with the same principles applying to everyday cars.

Even the rear view mirror, established in the 1900’s, was originally a tool to allow racers to keep an eye on their competitors; now an integral safety component of any car. From the materials used to the structure of the vehicle itself; any safety improvement made in the world of racing inevitably makes its way into our cars.

Cars like the new Nissan Navara ST-R stem from models known originally for attributes like power and durability but have increasingly benefitted from the likes of the speed and safety improvements of a sports car; creating readily-available, multi-purpose vehicles built to satisfy all of the market. Who knows what other exciting enhancements lay in wait for the future but it seems that keeping an eye on the world of racing could be a good way to find out.

With very different cars aimed at very different segments of the market all sharing many of the same features and design processes, it seems we can expect to continue to see everyday cars doing things we may at first have not expected from them; reaping the benefits of production originally intended for top racers.

With sports cars now even being combined with the function of a snow plow, more interesting and unexpected combinations are sure to come.