Rules in motorsport are often made for commercial and/or safety reasons.
Today’s invention deals with rules that say ‘tyre blankets are not allowed.’
These tend to be used when there is limited opportunity to warm tyres safely by doing burnouts, or because they might give an unfair advantage to one team over another.
Winning race teams are always working to challenge rules like these, however.
So, imagine mudguards on a motorcycle which are made of transparent Fresnel lens material.
On a sunny day, just rolling a bike around the pit lane would provide a substantial warming effect on the rubber and allow perhaps one or two wins before the authorities banned them.