But that’s not to say that motorsports are without their own limitations. Racing regulations strictly govern car specifications and the number of tests one can conduct, making motor racing one of the most confining sports in the world. When posed in a different light, however, these confines make it so that carmakers are challenged to deliver the best performance they can within rigid conditions.
“Over a decade ago, you could conduct as many tests as you wanted to prepare for a race, but not anymore,” says one LEXUS driver who competes in Japan’s top category of motor racing. “Today, carmakers use a wide range of data to develop simulations that provide them with a series of potential solutions. Using the limited number of tests they are allowed, these carmakers need to find out if these solutions are correct, and if not, which piece of missing data caused the problem.”