The thrill and excitement of watching Nascar racers speed their sleek cars around corners while dodging competitors are inevitable feelings an onlooker may get, but is there ever any mention of what goes on in the cockpit of a race car? Unmerciful temperatures ranging from 130-215 degrees Fahrenheit surrounding the driver pose danger not only to the well-being of the driver, but his/her surrounding competitors as well.
Nascar voiced concern over the safety of their drivers. In 1980, Life Support Systems created Cool Head and Vests™ who then supplied it to Carlson Technology who tinkered with the invention. The result: an interior cooing system equipped with hardware and powered with controls, designed to keep drivers’ body temperatures at a safe level. Also called “cool suits”, these cooling devises are put on just like any article of clothing and sits directly on the skin. Fluid circulates throughout the helmet liner and vest in plastic tubes, which is kept cool and pumped by a refrigeration devise connected to the garment. Just by wearing a helmet liner, drivers were able to eliminate 40-60% of stored body heat, once again normalizing body temperatures, enabling a much safer driver.
If both NASCAR drivers and homeowners use the same cooling technology, this may just be something to look into.