Transcript for INSIDE SCIENCE: What it’s like to drive a race car
It's not like driving a normal car you're having. Very high speeds Dreier was exposed to G loads that are higher than what NASA's astronauts are exposed to. And hot humid environments. And they do it every we kept us inside so I won't roll. Behind the wheel of a race car it's stressful and it's difficult. Sure drivers need skill and stamina and their heart rates soar but is auto racing a sport. David Ferguson has been studying the physiology of drivers for more than a decade. If you're driving you see a police officer come behind you they turn their lights on your hurried. Goes up really fast break start doing more work assisted journalist spots but he says the bodies of race car drivers react differently. We showed that when you continuous glucose water every starter for blood glucose goes. It also measured oxygen consumption to auction consumption goes up you're actually doing metabolic quirk so it's like an athletic sport driver is. Now in addition to this. Here in a full fire protective suit are protective helmet. That shuts off your body's ability to cool itself drivers get high in May sway. A lot. We see drivers. Using anywhere between four to seven pounds a sweat. That's pretty severe for any type of sport and that. Drivers also contend with vibrations and high G forces. It's challenging to keep their heads stadium have to maintain a consistent view of the track and other cars they're going to recorder in my head. It was like says it's affect my visual system. Point we're miles an hour you don't want to experience that I. Ferguson said drivers trained for cardiovascular. Endurance and for strengthen their necks shoulders and core. And if you're. Influencing your reaction time while going 200 miles an hour and a news. Giant heavy race car where thirty other people around you. And your race and disclose apart from each other it is a very skillful very demanding sport that were partially Alina it's. This is in sight signs. Inside it's time. You in doing this. Wallace on the planet social media. Yeah yeah. It is the collision is under an.
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