That was terrifying to watch. I know nothing about truck racing (save from watching a bit on motors tv), and I certainly didn’t know they could reach those speeds!
I’d question whether, considering their weight, speed capabilities and construction if it’s at all safe to race them…the truck went through the tyre barrier like it wasn’t even there! Maybe there should be more consideration at what tracks Trucks race at. Very happy to hear the driver’s injuries aren’t fatal.
I have been to one of these races around 2008 and it is indeed a bit scary. Every now and then there is a big shunt but I think this one is the first to have serious consequences. The tracks are normally in smaller cities, with less than ideal safety standards.
When I read the reports that he was at 190 km/h I thought it was a bit too much, but still… way too fast. I would agree that a speed limit is necessary (and also choosing tracks with no precipices around!).
I’m not normally one for knee-jerk actions, but truck racing is thoroughly stupid in every way. Circuits are designed for narrow, lightweight racecars. Trucks are designd for doing 50mph in a straight line with enough torque to haul a load, not for racing. Stupid.
@ajokay@colossal-squid Truck racing in Europe is speed-limited to 160km/h for precisely this reason, so I have no idea why it’s unlimited anywhere else. The safety standards definitely need to be looked at.
The equation for Kinetic energy is 1/2 times Mass times Velocity Squared. So if the truck had mass 5500 KG and a velocity of 190 KPH (52.8 meters per second) it would have 7666560 Joules of energy. Compared to a F1 car crashing at that speed which would have 975744 Joules of energy. Difference of 6690816 Joules.
If you look at the forces @jameseden show were at play, I seriously doubt less than 40 m of tyre barriers would have had any serious impact on that trucks speed @malleshmaghdum.
Wow, roughly 7 x more than an F1 car, that just shows the difference between a light single seater and a truck which one should take in account when planning a track. I doubt even tracks like Turkey, India and Abu Dhabi with their enormous runoffs could handle that. Curious if the Paul Ricard rough surfacing would do any good to stop that.