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Watch this video of the most insane sport you’ve never heard of

Zach Epstein
June 20th, 2016 at 7:30 PM
F1 Sidecar Racing Video

The odds are very good that you’ve never heard of F1 sidecar racing before, but we promise that you won’t soon forget it. This crazy sport began in the late 1940s and racers used rigs much like the ones you might envision when you think of a motorcycle and a sidecar. In the modern era, the sidecar racing has completely transformed into one of the craziest sports we’ve come across recently, and it’s just about as dangerous as it looks.

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In a nutshell, each car is manned by two people. The first is a driver who steers and controls the throttle and braking, and the second is an insane person who climbs around the back of the vehicle and tosses his weight around. This is done in an effort to ensure that the distribution of weight on the vehicle is perfect through each and every turn, and then he ducks down on the straightaways to optimize aerodynamics.

It’s a complicated and dangerous sport, and crashes can be catastrophic or even deadly, as you might imagine. What does it look like in practice? Round 1 of the 2016 British Sidecar Championship took place recently and Digg drew our attention to the video below. Watch it. It’s crazy.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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