tv Click - Short Edition BBC News July 17, 2021 3:30am-3:46am BST
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in about ten minutes time we'll have this week's edition of newswatch, but first on bbc news it's click. silverstone is the home of british and i am here at the championship and this is a race with a difference. as one team is made up entirely of drivers who have some form of disability, but thanks to a bit of technology, they have a serious hope of taking home the cup. more of that in a few minutes, but where is spencer? i said silverstone. are you lost? i had an invitation i could not
refuse from another race circuit at goodwood. we have the full circuit to myself today so i will be on this later putting some brand new assistive tech to the test. at racing speeds! just don't go breaking anything. i will try not to. here at silverstone things are busier and noisier and that is because everyone here is racing for real and we have been invited into a garage and paul's over there having nose about and hopefully he can tell us more. nosing about is what i do best and here at the home of british motor racing in silverstone there is certainly lots to see but specifically i am
here to meet team brit. a competitive motorsport team with a difference. they are made up of six disabled drivers are using bespoke specially adapted cars to compete in races against non—disabled drivers on a level playing field. they are testing ahead of the latest round of the championship. aaron is one of team brit's two drivers in the endurance event driving an aston martin. he became a wheelchair user in 2006 following a motor crash accidental doubly disabled drivers on the team use control system developed by engineers in—house. it is completely sort _ of bespoke and developed from the ground up by team brit. the engineers- within the team said we have got this problem and. this is what we need to achieve and this is the solution they| came up with and it is by far the best in the world. the controls work by sophisticated electronic systems to drive the vehicle. can you just explain to me
a little bit about how the hand controls work and how you can try the car? yeah, of course. the accelerator you just pull there is here and l obviously there is various - levels of throttle you can use there, and on the other side i of the brake pedal which works exactly the same way so you can modulate it and then these - great buttons - operate the gears. now, the way the car setup you have the upshift on - the left side of last year and full throttle with right hand i you've then got the left hand | to change gears and then this is for breaking as well so i - can make with the left hand and you can go down the gears. the key thing about these controls is that they are designed to be used by drivers with a range of impairments. these can be driven by someone with only the use of one arm, for example. his team—mate is autistic and the car remains driveable by him in the usual way as the adaptations coexist alongside the regular controls. hand controls, per se, are not new. i use them to drive my car. but these are quite
different to what you might find on a road car as they are tuned for a racing environment but a racing team is more thanjust the drivers. building systems like this into already finely tuned machines is not a straightforward process. you obviously work with different iterations of these controls, how does that process work and how did you get where you are now? we look at the drivers and what their needs are. what disabilities and physical limitations they have got and then we start from there the ergonomics of the control system that we are designing and by that the panels on the steering wheel. when we start designing it with a very different steering wheel to the one we have got now so we are constantly improving it and developing it based on driver feedback. there are challenges there and a lot of it is integrating our system with the car system, as the car is not great at tolerating other things being integrated. but we do love a challenge, that is part of why we do it. team brit's ultimate aim is to make racing history and to take a team
to the world—famous endurance race, becoming the first all british disabled team to do so. this is a amazement and part terror. i am a passenger in a modulated chevrolet. but it is who are driving and how he is driving that is blowing my mind. we have met sam schmidt before. he is a racing driver who was paralysed in an accident in 2000. five years ago he took us for a ride to las vegas in a car that allowed him to drive using just his head and his mouth. so the steering system is an ir camera system. whichever way you turn your head steers the car. the gas and brake is up systems and we have a tube connected to pressure sensor. positive pressure,
blowing, negative pressure, sipping, that if your brake pedal. the soundcar is it legal to drive in the us and sam has a drivers license. and since 2016 the system has been fine tuned so it is not only safe and responsive enough to drive at road speeds but at race speeds. 128. wow. in fact, sam has taken this car up to 201 mph. anyway, the reality is that operating equipment without using arms or legs has many more applications than just on the racetrack. where i also see this technology being very beneficial as in the workplace. industrial applications for clefts, harvesters, trains. i mean, it is kinda scary but i can operate a train.
you know, sitting in my living room. with this technology. so i would really like to see disabled veterans and people of all disabilities have an opportunity to go back to work and, you know, be a productive member of society and be given that opportunity and the technology to do it. can i just say, that was incredible. you are just incredible. you should try the car over here with my controls. ok, i am happy to do that, but not at that speed. well, this is a first. what an honour. what a thrill! what a potential humiliation! when you try the cap on the nose we want to go. don't lean, leaning is not
going to work, you have to rotate your head. are you ready to give it shot? i am ready to give it a shot. you're going to let it go and then start pumping. and here is the thing. from pretty much the start of the first lap, i get it. it does take a lot of concentration but as long as i stay focused, sam's car workslooks after me. and how was it? you going to take myjob away? it was pretty emotional for me because actually it was not as hard as i thought it was going to be. and so it kind of shows how this kind of control system could be used by ordinary people who are not racing drivers. i need a few more laps. honestly, that was incredible and also really hard.
i am actually a much better driver than that. it is a challenge then. why don't you do a lapwith normal controls, i will do once my controls and we will see who is faster? right, well, wish me luck. see, in my mind, this isn't a foregone conclusion. in some ways i have an advantage. i know the circuit and aim using the same controls that i have for my entire adult life. hi, well, how did i do? 150. 115. is that good? respectable. so let's see if sam can beat my
flying lap of one minute 50. well, the very best of luck, sir. confident? i don't need it, but 0k. well, it is honest. so... you know that bit about it not being a foregone conclusion? yeah, i don't stand a chance. at the first meeting me it was going to take months. we knew it was going to a lot of commitment from the engineers, resources and time and come back after an hour i said i'm very interested but not unless we can do 100 miles an hour. you know? y0u won. congratulating. 145. no contest, really, was being able to do this? i guess the best word i can use this freedom. you know, iam in total control and there are very few things in my life that i have control over, you know. and to be able to steer and gas
and brake just like the old days. thanks for being so inspiring. i have got to make a calland let someone know how idid. hey, lara. yeah, sam beat me. not a surprise, really, when you think about it. but you did well. how do you feel? i feel inspired, very humble, a bit sick and glad it is over. anyway, i will see you later. that is it for this week. thank you so much for watching. as ever you can keep up with the team on social media. find us on youtube, instagram and twitter. thanks for watching and we will see you soon.
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