You are correct, I was actually thinking active suspension which would have helped Senna, but for some reason wrote traction control. Active suspension was banned for level playing ground reasons.
Exactly, I did not say that it did not exist, I said that it was still in its infancy, and not widely in use. The calculations required in a supercar is a little different than trying to keep your BMW 3 series from sliding around when you hit a puddle.
Stability control or ESC was introduced around 94. Consider computing power and the requirements to develop advanced electronics. Look at the difference between computing process progress between 1994 and 2004, and then look at the processing power progress between 2004 and today. We have made significantly more process in the last 10 years over the previous 10.
Also, the point of impact was the fuel tank, hence bursting into flames.
Really, you are going to compare a 10 year old race car (remember, for Porsche to compete in the GT series, they had to make a bunch of them road going and sell them to the public, so this is a race car with lights) to a modern car with more electronics than a small datacenter.... Because that is apples to apples comparison...
Who said they were racing, racing had already been ruled out. Additionally, speculation has it that they were going slightly over the limit when they reached the end of the road which drops to a 15 mph limit and a sharp turn (maybe the speed drop should be further up the road).
Keep in mind that the CGT handles much better at 150mph then it was at 40mph. A simple bump in the road while braking would easily cause teh CGT to lose control, and unfortunately, it appears the point of impact was also the gas tank.
Some nerds, like myself, are also avid auto enthusiasts...
You post so far explains the car most elegantly. It should be added that the design of the fuel tank and it's location in the CGT is what made this accident, even at low speeds so deadly. Based on pictures, and what I have read elsewhere, the point of impact was right where the fuel tank was, rupturing it and spilling gas near the engine, which was most likely the ignition source.
It has 2 options for traction control, dry and wet, and all that does is adjust the throttle sensitivity if I remember correctly. Go read about the Porsche test driver who basically crapped his pants when he was testing the CGT... it is called a widow maker for a reason.
Because when the CGT was developed, traction control/stability control was still in its infancy, and not widely used in vehicles at the time.
Stability control and ABS are two totally different systems. Although some modern cars use the brake system to aid in stability control (also in place of proper differential, the cheap mans diff) where the vehicle will selectively apply braking to 1 or more wheels. They are not the same.
Stability control monitors wheel slip and in some cases lateral gravitational movement and adjusts power/braking/gearing to compensate for when the vehicle breaks loose. It is a pain in the ass, and can in many cases put you in danger in the event that you are in a situation where you may have to accelerate quickly to get out of a situation, say turning left and someone in oncoming traffic is not paying attention to the red light since you have a green left arrow and almost tbones you, if traction control kicked in, which I generally turn off, or atleast put into sport mode) I would have been in the intersection instead of 2 feet further and would probably have been killed.
That is incorrect. There was never a reason to ban an aid that allows a vehicle to go faster, it is racing after all, the point is to go faster.
The primary reason many of the driver aids were banned was to level the playing field between race teams. It literally all came down to money, where some teams (like Williams back in the day) had 10 to 20 times more money for R&D. Other teams just did not have the finances to develop all the advanced functions that some teams were coming out with. Traction control for example was banned, which is a shame as that would have saved Senna's life (traction control is different from stability control). At the time the cost of the system put it out of reach for many teams, so FIA decided to ban it.
In this case, the driver was an accomplished racer.
It is also true, in most cases, that many times it would be the drivers fault. However, in this case, even the Porsche Test driver who test drove the car during it's development phase was terrified of the car. This truly is one of those cars, that even at low speeds, can kill you. And unfortunately for this particular accident, it appears that the gas tank was on the side of the impact and took a direct hit, most likely the flame was ignited when the fuel came into contact with a hot part of teh engine.
Exactly, when it comes to airports, it is every person for themselves. Even nice people turn into assholes at the airport.
Or some of us are consultants who get put on certain projects for a reason and a particular skillset.
Working away from home has plenty of advantages, financial for example, I expense everything Mon through Friday, hotel, airfare, meals, transport. That saves me around $250 to $300 a week over living at home where parking in DC/VA is stupid expensive, as is gas, and my 2 hour each way commute to do 20 fucking miles.
Also I don't have to deal with changing diapers during the week, but don't tell my wife that
As another posted noted, some of us work in places far from our families. Staffing requirements do not always allow for people to just randomly leave in the middle of the short work week. Myself included. I have a 7pm flight tonight.. hoping it is not cancelled, but if it is, well, my only option is a 10 hour drive (which I have a rental car already reserved for just in case)