Being a Grand Tourer racer is not for the faint of heart. Your ordinary sports car has been retrofitted under the hood to exist as a speed-demon. Pedal to the floor, maneuvering around a track at speeds up to 200 miles an hour causes different states of gravity to be experienced by the driver’s body.

With g-forces coming at you from unusual angles, making hairpin turns at high speeds causes the steering wheel to often weigh twice as much as normal. Oxygen becomes a precious commodity in the suddenly-cramped driver’s seat. Air becomes so thin that often the driver needs to wear a breathing apparatus, or else focus carefully on his breathing, or he will lose consciousness at the wheel. Coming to the end of a 50-minute round, the driver’s concentration can flag and his body can tire easily.

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