The Team Canada #1 car was very innovative but the driver had handling problems and crashed twice into the guard
rails. The driver was VERY FLEXIBLE and leaned forward from the waist so that her chest was between her knees. Then a shell
was placed in the space that you see in the the body and she was 'locked into' the racer. The front of the racer featured
a windshield for her to look through. Note also that each axle spindle originally carried 4 eurethane wheels, placing a total
of 16 wheels on the car!
But after the accidents, those wheel configurations were replaced with ONE standard Soap Box Derby wheel on each axle
spindle to provide more stability.
In the next picture below you can see that he inside of the racer contains a rail system on both sides of the driver,
which I believe is for protection, but also to allow the driver to pull herself down into the racer so that the hatch can
be sealed closed.
The driver of this car was definitely NOT claustrophobic. She must have had ice water in her veins though to drive
this machine. [Maybe for her next feat of bravery, she could attempt going over Niagara Falls in a barrel!]. What do you think?
As it turned out, she did withdraw from the race, but I certainly can understand her anxiety and concern for her safety.
Maybe next year this team will bring a more "driver friendly" entry.