A professional pilot is able to beat a system of ABS? This is the question they asked themselves on the Youtube channel Driven Mediaa question that led to the decision to make a video in the company of the professional driver Scott Mansell aboard a Mazda MX-5. For the uninitiated, but I guess it is a very low percentage of users, ABS is a mandatory system since 2004 on all newly manufactured cars, designed for prevent the wheels from locking during braking more intense, so as to reduce the braking distance and make cars safer.
To make the video even more interesting, the same test was also carried out by a normal driver, so that all those who are not professional drivers can get an idea of how useful ABS really is.
Needless to say, the results were overwhelming in favor of ABS: with the system active the little MX-5 stopped from 100 km / h to 0 in one average space of 34.73 meters, always obtaining very consistent and similar results (less than a meter of margin between one attempt and another). Once the system was deactivated by removing the correct fuse, the car was handed over to a “normal” driver: in this case the best braking result was 39 meters, while the average distance rose to 42.66 meters. 7.93 meters more average braking distance, and unpredictable and always different braking: not that further confirmation was needed, but ABS is a very important tool for road safety.
And how did the professional driver fare? A little better than the normal driver, but still worse than the ABS system: Mansell’s best braking took place in 37.5 meterstherefore 2.7 meters more than what was done with the ABS, and also in this case each braking was different from the previous one in an unpredictable way, thus making the operation more dangerous than necessary.