Speeding race car drivers are in the hot seat in more ways than one. Temperatures inside a stock car’s cockpit can soar to an estimated sweltering 160 degrees Fahrenheit. That extreme heat comes through the engine firewall, transmission tunnel, and floor.
Based on materials used to protect the space shuttle from the temperatures experienced as the crafts slammed back into Earth’s atmosphere (and faced temperatures up to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit), a company created blanket insulation kits to shield race car drivers from excessive heat exposure.
Another byproduct of racing is combustion fumes that can cause headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Racing engineers adapted a NASA space technology to create a filter that removes 99% of all airborne particles. The filter provides drivers with fresh, clean air.
In this application, technology from NASA is being used to protect racing drviers from extreme temperatures. Tehcnology like this could be further explored in the future for other uses such as for temperature controlled storage. If someone has an item in their vehicle that is temperature sensitive, NASA’s tehcnolgy could be similarly implented here, probably in a simpler and much smaller scale, to improve the process of carrying temperature sensitve cargo.
Nasa. “5 Automotive Innovations Driven by NASA Space Technology.” SciTechDaily, 31 Aug. 2020, https://scitechdaily.com/5-automotive-innovations-driven-by-nasa-space-technology/.