Race Car News #Update
World best Formula 1 driver and four-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton has verbally committed himself to a two-man race using a car with no steering wheel, gearstick, or pedals.
Speaking at the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) Education conference in Dubai, Hamilton agreed to a race in which both he and his competitor Rodrigo Hübner Mendes will race using headsets that allow the user to control their cars with just their brainwaves.
It is unclear when this race will take place — but it is certainly one we will tune in for.
Mendes who happens to be paralysed is the first person ever to drive an F1 car using his brain. The car had no steering wheel, gear stick, even pedals. Not that any of those things would have made much of a difference for Mendes – he was tragically left paralyzed in his youth after being shot in the spine during a carjacking.
He now dedicates his life to helping others, as the CEO of a non-profit charity that works to improve education for disabled people.
Usually, this race would mean and cause problems for formula one drivers — but not if you’re Hamilton or his quadriplegic opponent, Rodrigo Hübner Mendes.
This is because if the race goes ahead, Hamilton and Mendes will use headsets that translate brainwave signals into commands, allowing them to accelerate, brake, and turn using nothing but their minds.