Indycar's Visor Cam videos are intoxicating

Who needs virtual Reality when P.O.V. filming is done this well?

There are cameras placed all over race cars these days, providing all sorts of interesting angles from which to view the action. But the one angle that everyone really wants to see is the driver's eye view. We want to feel like we're in the cockpit, driving the car. Sadly it's a very difficult angle to achieve, for all sorts of obvious reasons, but these IndyCar visor cam videos are the best I've seen. Marvel at the bravery as you find yourself holding your breath through the quick corners. Puzzle over the buttons being pressed on the steering wheel and revel in the snatches of screaming engine that penetrate the wind noise.

I failed to find a Visor Cam from the Brickyard to show exactly what Alonso will be facing, but this footage of Graham Rahal at Phoenix Raceway gives a brilliant perspective of racing on an oval. Of course this is a 1 mile tri-oval whereas the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a 2.5 mile rectangular oval and while the lap record at Phoenix stands at just over 192mph the cars will be lapping nearly 40mph faster at Indianapolis...

This was one of the first Visor Cams that I ever stumbled across. Road America is a fantastic circuit (Dario Franchitti says it is his favourite track anywhere in the world) and what makes this lap all the more incredible is that it was Hinchcliffe's first day back in a car since his huge accident before the Indy 500.

And, finally, here's James Hinchcliffe again with a bit of street circuit action at Toronto. It seems staggeringly bumpy...

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Comments (35)

  • Live streaming with VR integration would be brilliant.....'put me in the action'

      3 years ago
  • Why don't they have these in F1 yet. Brilliant!!!!

      3 years ago
    • I think they did a few years ago but it didn't really catch on. Maybe camera tech was too premature. I remember David Coulthard having a drivers eye view camera in his last race I think. That race ended between turns 1 and 2 for him though.

        3 years ago
  • And while you're going 150mph down the straight, give one of those tiny knobs on the steering wheel a delicate tweek!

      3 years ago
  • If only F1 looked and sounded like this......oh and for everyone who thinks they can drive a fast car, straight on it and, well... fast.....ahem....nuff said!

      3 years ago
  • That's menatal. And the future. F1 take note.

      3 years ago
    • That's the only track I'm familiar with, from playing various racing games. It startled me how quickly he was able to get on the throttle in some of those turns.

        3 years ago
    • F1 cars are far quicker, they top out at 200mph+

        3 years ago
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