5 Motorsport Trends in 2018: Industry Predictions for the Year Ahead
Formula One rule changes alter motorsport racing industry and motorsport manufacturing set to boom in 2018.
The revelations of last week’s annual motorsport event Autosport International – which VHR attended – coupled with the recent Formula One rule changes signal the top new motorsport trends in 2018.
The 5 Biggest Motorsport Trends in 2018
The Rise of Electric Cars and Automated Vehicles
Electric vehicles and autonomous technology are becoming an integral part of today’s Automotive industry and one of the fastest-rising motorsport trends in 2018. Following the recent release of Elon Musk’s record-breaking Tesla Roadster, an updated model of the first battery-powered racing car, motorsport manufacturers are moving away from performance engineering and further into electric vehicles manufacturing. Formula E is also set to expand to 11 teams for the next season.
All New Formula One Experience
This year Formula One fans will feel more involved in the race than ever before. F1 organisers plan to introduce a new F1 App, streaming platforms and improved graphics, in an effort to revolutionise the way that Formula One is televised and get fans even closer to the action.
Motorsport Industry Growth
Electric cars and sustainable vehicle technology helped make industry output 3.9% higher in July-November 2017 than in the same period in 2016. The Automotive industry will look forward to long-term prosperity, with the motorsport sector continuing to grow from 2018 to 2021.
Motorsport Skills Shortages and an Increase in Motorsport Jobs
Requiring a completely different skillset from Motorsport technicians and engineers, the rapidly advancing innovations in electric vehicles could attract previously untapped talent pools – acting as a welcome solution to the current engineering skills shortage sweeping the Automotive industry.
Motorsport Regulation Changes
The last of the motorsport trends in 2018 will see the leaders in motorsport face power element restrictions. Drivers will be limited to a maximum of three combustion engines, turbos and MGU-Hs, and only two MGU-Ks, control electronics and energy stores for the 21 races. Driver safety will be a key focus, with the introduction of the halo: the cockpit protection device designed to deflect debris away from the driver’s head.
New Formula One rule changes for 2018 also include outlawing the often-used loophole techniques of T-wings and shark fins and emerging trend of trick suspension, preventing quicks wins for aerodynamic performance improvements.
Find out more about the Motorsport Trends in 2018, including How Formula E is Changing Professional Motorsport.
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