A lot of technology on production cars — that is, the cars we drive on the street — has, over time, trickled down from the racing world. The people who build race cars have the time and motivation to invest in making their cars the most competitive. In turn, a lot of these components end up going full circle, going from the track to the street and then back again. At the Long Beach Grand Prix, Autobytel’s Editor-in-Chief Michelle Naranjo saw quite a few examples of this dynamic at play. Michelle talked to Bryan Sellers, who’s the driver of the Falken Tire Porsche 911 and had a lot of insight to offer about the development of racing technology. Porsche is a good example to discuss this cycle, because the brand has a long history of creating high performance street legal cars that are always popular choices for the track. And a good example of a specific component is a headlight. Bryan Sellers says the lights are especially important, because he has experience driving long endurance races at night. Weight has to be reduced to keep a race car competitive, but the lights have to be intense. And soon, race cars will have headlights that turn, like those on street cars.
Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Race Car @ ALMS Long Beach Grand Prix