Want to become a racing driver? This is how you develop fitness – Video

How to become a racing driver - fitness

The drivers spend more than 2.5 hours at the gym every day.

Ford has released a video detailing the fitness regime of its endurance racing drivers. The American automaker is aiming to recreate history by entering the new Ford GT race car at this year’s 24 Hours Of Le Mans race which is widely accepted as the most gruelling discipline of four-wheeled motorsports. If you want to become a racing driver, take notes.

The video shows how its race drivers develop fitness to withstand high cabin temperatures and intense G-Forces from all directions for a prolonged period of time. In endurance racing, each car has a team of 3 drivers who will share the work of piloting it almost equally. In case of Le Mans, each driver need to spend an average of 8 hours in the car, experiencing dehydration and intense physical stress while his brain processes several calculations every second.

The drivers undergo a comprehensive physical fitness regime which involves a 20 minute warm up and a 2.5 hour work out. Most exercises focus on training the sensitive muscles to withstand the G-Forces. The day at the gym ends with a much-deserved massage.

Drivers not only undergo strict physical fitness program but their diet too is carefully chosen. Each driver will have his individual diet plan during his fitness days, leading up to the world’s most gruelling race.

Ford Endurance racing drivers fitness regime

Most of the exercises focus on training the muscles to withstand prolonged exposure to high G forces.

Also read – 6,506 people applied online to own 200 units of New Ford GT 

The new Ford GT will be looking to come home with its class victory at this year’s 24-hour race between 18-19 June.

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Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

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