Organised by: York Festival of Ideas
Location: Location: In-person only
Ron Cooke Hub, Campus East, University of York
Description: Motor racing is one of the world’s most watched sports. It’s also the most scientifically demanding sport on Earth, requiring a combination of peak physical and mental skill, world-class engineers and a constant drive for technological innovation.
Science in motorsport extends its reach far beyond the track. The efforts of engineers to go a hundredth of a second faster ripple into our daily lives: we use the aerodynamics of a Formula 1 car to keep our food cool in the supermarket and stop skyscrapers wreaking havoc, and we can thank crash helmets and rear view mirrors to keep us safe. The cutting edge of our future - from electric cars to virtual reality - began on the track. Motorsport is a testbed, the world’s fastest Research & Development lab.