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RE: Indycar visor cam at Sonoma: Time For Tea

RE: Indycar visor cam at Sonoma: Time For Tea

Tuesday 5th December

Indycar visor cam at Sonoma: Time For Tea?

Yes, Indycars can turn right and, no, this video isn't sped up - hold on tight!


There's something about visor cams, isn't there? They make you feel like you're right there in the cockpit yourself, the sense of speed and involvement unlike anything else.


You could film an Indycar from another state and it would still look fast given that, depending on the circuit, they run at between 717kg and 730kg but with as much as 750hp. Plonk a camera right on the driver though, and the sense of acceleration, immediacy and - to be frank - fear, is off the scale.

Take this visor cam video from The Racer Channel, filmed at Sonoma Raceway with Scott Dixon and his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. Spoiler alert - the first lap isn't the quickest, so stick around for the other two. Use that first lap to get used to such a rapid car, the way Dixon adjusts settings on the wheel as he's going, and the absurdly strong braking force.

Those final two, though, are right on the limit. There're big gobs of oversteer, incredibly brave throttle applications and speed like you simply wouldn't believe. All caught on a camera that puts you right at the centre of the action - it's spectacular.

Fair warning too: this channel has a lot of similar videos. And they're very good. Avoid if you have better things to do...

 

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struttob

Original Poster:

322 posts

73 months

Tuesday 5th December
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Looks fairly pedestrian compared to this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kufacVXlSc

givablondabone

2,195 posts

79 months

Tuesday 5th December
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yikes

coppice

4,108 posts

68 months

Tuesday 5th December
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Gotta give it to the track designers- they have made it look exactly like an early CGI representation of a race circuit. Car sounds easy on the ear though.

noble12345

182 posts

140 months

Tuesday 5th December
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struttob said:
Looks fairly pedestrian compared to this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kufacVXlSc
Who needs a crash barrier when youve got nice soft tree trunks to slam into, ballsy driver thumbup

coppice

4,108 posts

68 months

Tuesday 5th December
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Absolutely- I love the 'speeded up,you ***ing losers ' type comments from youtube watchers who rarely leave their fetid bedrooms, let alone ever watch speed hillclimbs from trackside.
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The Wookie

11,211 posts

152 months

Tuesday 5th December
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struttob said:
Looks fairly pedestrian compared to this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kufacVXlSc
fk. That.

8V085

222 posts

1 month

Tuesday 5th December
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Shouldn't this be posted here? https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/forum.asp?h=0&...

BTW this is one of the worst Indy circuits, thankfully 2018 should be its last year on the calendar.

Edited by 8V085 on Tuesday 5th December 20:26

2 sMoKiN bArReLs

20,790 posts

159 months

Tuesday 5th December
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dazzx10r

30 posts

99 months

Tuesday 5th December
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Nice guy Scott Dixon, I met him a couple of years ago.

RacerMike

1,593 posts

135 months

Tuesday 5th December
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2 sMoKiN bArReLs said:
The thing that always scares me about that one is not the speed, or the commitment, but the sheer physicality of it. One lap looks like a round with Mike Tyson, so the idea of doing a Grand Prix distance like that is literally horrendous. You can literallaly see how heavy the steering is, how many gear changes there are and how the bumps of the track just rattle his head around like a pinball. Mental

2 sMoKiN bArReLs

20,790 posts

159 months

Tuesday 5th December
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RacerMike said:
2 sMoKiN bArReLs said:
The thing that always scares me about that one is not the speed, or the commitment, but the sheer physicality of it. One lap looks like a round with Mike Tyson, so the idea of doing a Grand Prix distance like that is literally horrendous. You can literallaly see how heavy the steering is, how many gear changes there are and how the bumps of the track just rattle his head around like a pinball. Mental
Exactly!

unsprung

1,316 posts

48 months

Tuesday 5th December
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RacerMike said:
The thing that always scares me about that one is not the speed, or the commitment, but the sheer physicality of it. One lap looks like a round with Mike Tyson, so the idea of doing a Grand Prix distance like that is literally horrendous. You can literallaly see how heavy the steering is, how many gear changes there are and how the bumps of the track just rattle his head around like a pinball. Mental
Well said. All of that occurs while others are pushing, here and there, to draft or pass. Chaos all about. Don't grow weary and make a mistake!

No wonder a professional driver is a true athlete.


struttob said:
Looks fairly pedestrian compared to this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kufacVXlSc
Holy effing Hannah. I'm almost sweating after watching those trees zip by. One error at speed and there will be no piece larger than a bread loaf.






Slippydiff

9,096 posts

147 months

Tuesday 5th December
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OP's video rather tame. Try this one :

https://wtf1.com/post/indy-car-go-pro-2014/

smile



Scho

2,232 posts

127 months

Wednesday 6th December
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Those indycars look super understeery.

Hate all the faffing with the buttons too.

Senna and hillclimb vid win hands down to me.

knighty

175 posts

158 months

Wednesday 6th December
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Looks like he is driving a car too fast for the track conditions, the track is not rubber'd-in, and the crash barriers are almost non existent, this is how people come a cropper on test days........dodgy.......its not worth the risk

croyde

13,975 posts

154 months

Wednesday 6th December
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Was anyone else worried about his thumbs. For some reason I was concerned about the steering snapping back and breaking them hehe

RacerMike

1,593 posts

135 months

Wednesday 6th December
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croyde said:
Was anyone else worried about his thumbs. For some reason I was concerned about the steering snapping back and breaking them hehe
I raced with a guy who always raced with his thumbs outside the wheel. I was always slightly concerned he'd lose his grip!

Hedgerley

607 posts

192 months

Wednesday 6th December
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Scary, not really. Now this on the other hand....

Easier to relate to as I've driven the circuit on 2 wheels and 4 as I'm sure many of you have. And no, its not speeded up.

https://youtu.be/OmNXCJt7K3Q

croyde

13,975 posts

154 months

Wednesday 6th December
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Hedgerley said:
Scary, not really. Now this on the other hand....

Easier to relate to as I've driven the circuit on 2 wheels and 4 as I'm sure many of you have. And no, its not speeded up.

https://youtu.be/OmNXCJt7K3Q
Isle of Man TT always amazes me. Years since I have been but the idea that you have to have an encyclopedic knowledge of that 37 mile circuit in order to commit to bends that you cannot see until you are on them, in order to gain the, what is it? something like 135 mph AVERAGE SPEED, is just yikes

All that with no run off, unless you go off the mountain, and just a kerb feet away with stone walls, pillar boxes, lamp posts a couple of feet further to help slow you down very quickly and fatally.

Those guys have balls of titanium.

ZX10R NIN

8,946 posts

49 months

Wednesday 6th December
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The Road Races where everyone leaves together for me are harder races than the TT because you're racing the track & the other guys around you.

https://youtu.be/MnYoGHjrXIM

https://youtu.be/LU-ynRoqDEs

But all riders & drivers that go at it, all have my utmost respect.