The introduction of data loggers and on-board cameras has transformed modern motorsport and driver development from the top levels all the way to grassroots racing. Much like modern car mechanics have had to move with the times and embrace the electrification of car control systems, race teams, drivers and driver coaches have done the same thing in motorsport and to great effect. No longer does the race engineer have to rely solely on the feedback from a disgruntled driver who is trying to justify why they are two seconds slower than the competition.
With electronic sensors recording all of the driver inputs, and on-board (and external) cameras showing racing lines and track positioning, a major aspect of race engineering has developed in a way that is no longer constrained by the unreliable human element of a racing driver’s sometimes selective recollection.
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Mercedes engineer James Wingfield is used to data in his F1 day job, but the Caterham racer shows how grassroots club drivers can also benefit from the tool
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