About Nathalie McGloin
Nathalie McGloin is the only female tetraplegic in the world to be racing cars. A self-confessed speed freak and adrenaline junkie, she also plays wheelchair rugby (sometimes known as ‘murderball’).
Her latest activity is wheelchair racing – she will compete in the London Marathon in 2017 and is looking to take part in the Tokyo Paralympics.
Nathalie is an ambassador for Dare to be Different. Founded by Susie Wolff and funded by the Motor Sports Association (MSA), this initiative aims to inspire, connect, showcase and develop female talent in male-dominated environments such as motorsport.
Nathalie is a friend of the spinal injuries charity Wings for Life and speaks at events as their representative.
She co-founded the charity Spinal Track, enabling disabled drivers to enjoy track day experiences at Silverstone in a hand-controlled Golf GTI. Participants don’t have to pay a penny because the entire cost is covered by charitable donations. The charity is supported by Williams F1, and Claire Williams OBE attended the launch.
Nathalie drives an adapted Porsche 987 Cayman S.
The vehicle is fitted with radial hand controls that she pushes forward to brake, and down to accelerate. This system allows her to mix the accelerator and throttle for greater car control. The hand controls are mounted to the right of the steering column, leaving her left hand free to steer.
Because Nathalie has no sensation or movement in her lower body, she can’t feel the car through the base of the seat like able-bodied drivers do. To compensate for this, her car has a Cobra seat with an Indi Seats Scroth Racing moulded insert that is shaped to the contours of her ribcage. This gives Nathalie added stability and also allows her to feel what the car is doing underneath her.
She drives the car in automatic mode, allowing the PDK system to change gears.