Well, science may hold the answer to some of these questions. When driving, our bodies have been shown to produce certain physiological changes caused by acceleration. Your heart starts to beat faster, your hormonal response changes and a surge of adrenaline shoots through your body in electrifying fashion.
Engineers have spent masses of time, money and effort on creating finely tuned machines capable of transporting humans as fast as possible from point A to point B. However, with cars and motorbikes becoming ever more powerful, understanding the biomechanics of the driver/rider is critical in assessing the successful control of mechanical power in a racing context.
Delsys Europe spoke to Michael Wakefield, from Motorsport Biomechanics, to understand more about how they use biomechanical data, and in particular electromyography (EMG), to assess and inform motorsport performance.