Under normal conditions, the human body will manage excessive heat production by transferring the heat to the external environment. In the cockpit of a racecar, this transfer of heat is significantly compromised due to the combined microenvironments created by the excessive interior and exterior ambient temperatures, as well as the driver's helmet, driving suit, shoes, gloves and additional safety underwear garments.
As a result, the racecar driver experiences increases in core body temperature – hyperthermia – which can contribute to the onset of physical and mental performance deficits that will include slowed reflexes, cardiovascular stress and impaired decision making.
Athletic Deficits associated with hyperthermia:
Psychomotor- Impairment of precise manipulation actions requiring dexterity and coordination. The brain metabolism increase will cause glycogen depletion. The driver's ability to remain alert is impaired.
Cardiovascular- The challenge is to provide enough blood for both the working muscles and thermoregulation. The blood carries oxygen, nutrients and waste. The blood also carries heat away from the body core (decreasing volume). The heart rate increases disproportionately to maintain cardiac output. Thus, the cardiovascular system is overloaded and the driver's performance suffers.
Energy Metabolism- Heat increases cause oxygen uptake demand. Increased heart rate and respiration add to the increase in oxygen demand. These increases lead to an increase in metabolism. Increase glycogen depletion and increase in muscle lactate production. Consequently, the driver experiences an early onset of fatigue and exhaustion.
The MOMO Advanced Driver Cooling (ADC) systems and products provide an effective solution to managing core body temperatures in competitive drivers.
Optimum athletic driving performance in a racecar can be obtained by the successful thermoregulation with the MOMO ADC systems and products.
: Relies on the direct molecular contact and water cooling temperature difference of patented shirt vs. chest/thorax skin temperature.
: Relies on the motion of a fluid across a heated surface.
: Relies on infrared rays emitting heat loss.
: Relies on a fluid(sweat) dissipation providing heat loss.
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