Team BRIT is offering motorsport professionals the chance to experience life on the track as a disabled driver.
The team, which supports people with physical and psychological challenges in accessing motorsport, will be taking part in the Motorsport Engineering and Technology Show on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November at Silverstone.
As part of the main conference agenda, guests will hear from team commercial director, Mike Scudamore and race engineer, Al Locke, who will talk through the innovative technology the team has used to develop the world’s most advanced hand controls.
The controls use fly by wire technology to create a system that allows disabled drivers to access everything they need from the steering wheel, a significant step forward from push/pull hand controls used by the majority of disabled drivers.
The creation of an electronic braking system means that everything can be done with both hands on the wheel, taking away the disadvantage faced by disabled drivers in competitive racing.
The bespoke, interchangeable system, means that drivers with a vast range of disabilities, can drive in the same team.
Guests to the show will also have the chance to drive one of the team’s BMW 116 cars, used in this year’s BMW 116 Trophy, to experience the intuitive tech for themselves. Also on display and available to test, will be the team’s full-motion Vesaro simulator, equipped with hand controls.
The team will be based in garages 70 and 72 in the Paddock and the presentation will take place on the main stage at 1:50pm on Friday 1st November.
Commercial Director Mike Scudamore said, “We’re really looking forward to this fantastic opportunity to meet with professionals across the industry to show them what Team BRIT is all about.
“We’re making a huge difference to motorsport by levelling the playing field for disabled drivers, and we’re only able to do that with our incredible technology.
“Until now, disabled drivers have always been at a disadvantage and could never be truly competitive. Now, thanks to our innovation, the door is open for racing teams and their crew to welcome talented disabled racers to the track.”
Anyone interested in testing the team BRIT hand controls on track is asked to contact Dave Player at firstname.lastname@example.org to book one of the limited track slots.