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IN Science & Technology ON 08 Dec, 2015
A morphing casing and a cockpit that would look at home in a fighter jet- that is how an MP4-X F1 concept car would feel. McLaren's vision will exploit the existing technology, and pave the way for future enhancements that would change the world of racing as a sport. Check it out.
Some design developments include providing canopies for the safety of the driver, while upgrading the thrill factor.
"With the futuristic McLaren MP4-X concept race car, we wanted to peer into the future and imagine the art of the possible", said John Allert, group brand director of McLaren.
"We have combined a number of F1's key ingredients – speed, excitement and performance, with the sport's emerging narratives - such as enclosed cockpits to enhance driver safety, and hybrid power technologies. Formula 1 is the ultimate gladiatorial sport, and the future we envisage will be a high tech, high performance showcase that excites fans like no other sport."
Tyre sensors could warn the driver of blow outs before they occur. A specialized suit that can be used to transfer live biological information of the driver to a control room. Also, solar cells could be used to provide a boost to the car.
McLaren say much of the MP4-X would far outstrip the current generation of Formula One vehicles with 11 key areas of development focused upon.
A no-hands feature wherein the brain of the driver would control the vehicle without any physical contact, or doing so by gestures inside the cockpit, could also be a part of the revolutionised model.
During a public presentation, teams used an electroencephalogram (EEG) cap to measure the brain waves of a 'pilot'. A bespoke software and algorithm then reconstructed these brain signals into drone commands.
According to Tekever, a firm working on the project, "essentially, the electricity flowing through the pilot's brain acts as an input to the drone's control system, in order to perform, on the air, a mission with objectives previously defined by the research team."
According to McLaren driver Jenson Button, "I was one of the many drivers who said, 'This is open-cockpit racing, it should stay as open-cockpit racing,' but I think we've had enough now. We've got to get a canopy on the car of some sort, because we can't have these sorts of accidents happening as much as they have over the last few years. It's not the 1970s any more, we should know better. Canopies probably are the way to go, but obviously that takes time."