Energy Cost of Formula 1 Racing

Don't try to duplicate this study in the family car. Researchers were interested to know the effort required for auto racing. Their findings, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, calculated the metabolic equivalent of task (MET) score for racing students in open wheel F1 style cars at the LeMans. Each drove for 30 minutes at an average speed of 139 Km/Hr (90 MPH), and repeated this training circuit 4 more times. Scientists determined that racing rates about a 5 on the MET scale.

True Strength Moment: When you're asleep, your MET level registers 0.9. Out for a walk rates a 2, and running all out generates a MET factor of 18. A MET level of 5 might not seem all that strenuous until you consider that during an actual race drivers are traveling around the track twice as fast, if not faster, usually in heavy traffic. They don't stop every half hour to take a break, and we haven't taken into account how intense competition ramps up the METs.
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