Racing Technology in Your Vehicle – ESCORT Radar

Racing Technology in Your Vehicle

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24 Hours of Le Mans may be over for 2022 with Toyota taking the victory, but the technology that goes into these race cars doesn't stop when the race ends. The Le Mans race has a unique history in motorsports, having been developed as a way for automotive manufacturers to prove the reliability and durability of their consumer vehicles. The cars may be far more sophisticated today – and you aren't likely to be able to buy a Toyota GR010 Hybrid from your local dealership – but the innovative technologies that are used to make these cars perform better on the racing circuit often make their way into the cars you can purchase.

Just a few of the innovations first developed in auto racing include disc brakes, halogen headlights, and seatbelts, and Le Mans in particular has seen a focus on technologies to improve fuel efficiency, including hybrid and electric power, as well as alternative fuels. But one area where you might not make the connection between motorsports and everyday driving is automotive radar.

Radar on the Racetrack and the Road


There's no speed limit for the 24 Hours of Le Mans (outside of the pit lane or a slow zone), and with a history of speeds as high as 405 km/h, using a radar detector to identify police radar isn't necessary. There are some similarities, however. Since 2013, radar-based collision technology has been used in Le Mans to detect vehicles approaching from the rear, track them, and determine their relative speed. This allows drivers to be more aware about what's happening behind them in ways that a rear-view mirror alone cannot match.

In a passenger vehicle, radar can be used in a similar way. A car with driver assistance technology uses automotive imaging, radar, and other systems to provide lane departure warnings, forward collision warnings, blind spot warnings, and more.

Red light cameras, speed cameras, and law enforcement also use radar to determine speed and vehicle position. Rather than using radar to detect vehicles around your car, a radar detector notifies the driver when radar is being used to enforce traffic laws and speed limits so that drivers can make smart adjustments to their driving. A quality radar detector will provide exceptional range and send alerts related to the direction of the radar signal.

Communication Is Key 


Communication and driver awareness are key when it comes to races like Le Mans, and it's no different in your everyday vehicle. ESCORT radar detectors are designed to share and receive crowd-sourced alerts when linked to the ESCORT Live app. This acts as a complement to navigation apps, giving you an extra level of driver awareness. Community alerts include live traffic updates, speed limit information, radar and laser location alerts, and much more. The best drivers, professional or not, have access to all of the information they need to drive smarter, whether they're on the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans or the on the roads in their community.