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New F1 helmet safety standard to be introduced for 2019

Formula 1’s governing body has announced the innovative new design after over a decade of research, with the ultra-protective helmet offering a number of vital safety benefits, including advanced ballistic protection and increased energy absorption. Notably the front of the visor has been lowered by 10mm, which has been implemented to increase safety during impact […]

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FIA Regulations for Approval of Test Houses

The FIA has published a new FIA Regulations for Approval of Test Houses that apply only to test houses wishing to test products according to any of the FIA or CIK-FIA safety equipment standards and which can be found on the FIA website at the following link: https://www.fia.com/file/66444/download/21974?token=D0enOMGp. In order to provide a stable and reliable […]

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Information for RECARO advanced racing seats AS.015.10

During the internal quality control process of the advanced racing seats approved according to the FIA 8862-2009 Standard, RECARO found that the PRO RACER ULTIMA 1.0 seats with the homologation number AS.015.10 and with a homologation label indicating NOT VALID AFTER: 2022 or later do not comply with all the requirements defined in the FIA […]

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Conclusions on association between advance driver training, involvement in 4-wheeled motor sport and crashes on public roads

PROJECT OVERVIEW Objectives: Conduct a survey to add to the existing evidence, and where possible, address methodological issues from previous work.   Assess the existing evidence for an association between: involvement in 4 – wheeled motor sport and crashes on public roads; advanced driver training and crashes on public roads. Funded by AIMSS & RACQ. […]

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AIMSS Rally Review

CAMS has today released a detailed summary of the Australian Institute of Motor Sport Safety’s (AIMSS) review into rallying in Australia. The CAMS Board commissioned the investigation as part of its ongoing commitment to improving rally. CAMS CEO Eugene Arocca said the wide-ranging review has resulted in a number of recommendations which CAMS has already […]

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Guidelines for checking FHR devices following a severe accident

The Frontal Head Restraint (FHR) device restrains the driver’s head relative to their torso during a frontal or angled frontal impact, thereby reducing the loads to the head and neck. Tether forces from the helmet to the FHR counteract the movements of the head and the FHR carries these tether forces either directly or indirectly […]

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AIMSS FAREWELLS INAUGURAL CHAIRMAN

The Board of Directors of AIMSS from left to right are as follows: Dr Matthew Mac Partlin, Sam Michael, Garry Connelly (Chairman), Dr Michael Henderson, Andrew Papadopoulos, Mark Larkham, Dr Michelle Gatton. The Australian Institute for Motor Sport Safety (AIMSS) is pleased to welcome Dr Matthew Mac Partlin as its newest Director, following the retirement […]

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The harness that is changing motor sport safety

  Originally published by Autosport and Schroth… Back in 1998, the Prime Minister was a fresh-faced Tony Blair, the Spice Girls were in their pomp and Jacques Villeneuve was the reigning Formula 1 World Champion. It was also the year that the last generation of harness standards, expiring this year, was put into place, with […]

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Installation Guide for Frontal Head Restraints

Installation Guide for Frontal Head Restraints

The FIA has released documentation with guidelines for the use of Frontal Head Restraints (FHR). If you compete with a FHR, it is important to ensure you correctly wear the device to ensure your safety in the event of an incident. A Frontal Head Restraint restrains the driver’s head relative to their torso during a […]

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AUSTRALIA LEADS THE WAY IN RALLY RESEARCH

The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) has presented the FIA with the findings from a Review of Safety in Rallying in Australia conducted by the Australian Institute of Motor Sport Safety (AIMSS). CAMS President Andrew Papadopoulos was joined by AIMSS Chairman Garry Connelly in presenting the document to FIA President Jean Todt at the […]

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FIA DRIVER SAFETY EQUIPMENT – AT THE CUTTING EDGE OF SAFETY TECHNOLOGY

FIA DRIVER SAFETY EQUIPMENT – AT THE CUTTING EDGE OF SAFETY TECHNOLOGY

#Safety – 2003 World Rally Champion, 2014/2015 World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg explains the cutting-edge FIA-approved safety equipment he uses in FIA World Rallycross which is available to all drivers

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RACQ to Partner AIMSS in Road Safety Research Project

The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) has confirmed that it will partner with the Australian Institute of Motor Sport Safety (AIMSS) in undertaking a research project on road safety. AIMSS recently confirmed the commissioning of four research projects, with one study to focus on the link between the correlation of advanced driver training and […]

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AIMSS announces ambitious new motor sport safety research

AIMSS announces ambitious new motor sport safety research

The Australian Institute for Motor Sport Safety (AIMSS) has announced its next round of research projects. These will include continued improvement to safety standards, reducing competitor costs, and a radical study to identify the relationship between driving skills obtained through professional driver training, appropriate education programmes and motor sport experience. These projects follow from the […]

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AIMSS Announces Revamped Board

AIMSS Announces Revamped Board

The Australian Institute for Motor Sport Safety (AIMSS) has announced a restructure of its board with several eminent new appointments and a new Chairman. The new appointments are prominent engineers Dr Michael Myers OAM and Sam Michael, and researcher Dr Michelle Gatton. The new Chairman is Garry Connelly AM. They join current directors Dr Michael […]

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AIMSS Race Driver Hearing Protection Study

AIMSS Race Driver Hearing Protection Study

  Research Overview: AIMSS recently collaborated with the Perth based Curtin University of Technology, (School of Public Health), to conduct a pilot study into;   In-car noise exposure for circuit race drivers; and, Relevant hearing protection evaluation The study looked at race drivers participating across a range of racing categories, representing a typical major Australian […]

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AIMSS Review Australian Rallying

AIMSS Review Australian Rallying

The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport has engaged the services of the Australian Institute for Motor Sport Safety to undertake a wide ranging enquiry into the popular motor sport of rallying in Australia. In line with the growing profile of rallying, the comprehensive review will commit AIMSS to inquire, consider, report and make recommendations for […]

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Safe Use of Magnesium Castings

Safe Use of Magnesium Castings

The racing of historic cars is increasing in popularity in Australia and around the world. Many of these cars are aged well over 30 years and still racing at speeds up to 250 km/h with components made of magnesium and other metals for which the ageing process is little understood. Magnesium is the lightest of […]

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Background & Logic - Competition Harness Life Extension

Background & Logic – Competition Harness Life Extension

  To reduce wasteful redundancy of often expensive competition harnesses for CAMS members, AIMSS undertook a research project into whether the industry standard of five years for the maximum life of competition harnesses was appropriate. In doing so, AIMSS collaborated with Autoliv, a major FIA-approved crash and equipment test laboratory based in Melbourne, who tested various used […]

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Airbag & Helmet Interaction

Airbag & Helmet Interaction

  AIMSS was recently asked to investigate and provide advice on what effect the use of safety helmets by vehicle occupant/s may have on correct airbag function in passenger vehicles fitted with such. Along with information provided by our own Dr. Michael Henderson, AIMSS worked with research partner the FIA Institute to provide more on […]

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The Clipsal 500 Studies: (CO), Dehydration and Heat Stress

The Clipsal 500 Studies: (CO), Dehydration and Heat Stress

AIMSS is part of an informal worldwide consortium of research institutes that is investigating the possible effects of carbon monoxide, heat and dehydration on driver performance.   In Australia the environment at the race circuit regularly includes factors of high temperature, high solar radiation, and low wind which when combined with Carbon Monoxide from race […]

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That Barbagallo Startline Incident

That Barbagallo Startline Incident

  See what happens next – A strong endorsement of appropriate safety apparel. (Click button to see 11 photo sequence and/or slideshow…) Photography Scott Wensley                

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Roll Over Protection System (ROPS) Development

Roll Over Protection System (ROPS) Development

Under the watchful eye of FIA Institute research consultant Andy Mellor, four Subaru Impreza’s, each with different variations of steel used for it’s roll cage construction, have been slammed into a test rig in the UK based Millbrook development facility. Two years in the making, these precisely calibrated collisions will test potential improvements to the […]

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Cockpit of The Future? - Jet Fighter Canopy Test

Cockpit of The Future? – Jet Fighter Canopy Test

(You Can View Video Below) The accident suffered by Felipe Massa at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix – when his helmet was struck by a suspension spring – raised questions about whether a driver’s head should be better protected. For 2011 a zylon strip has been developed for F1 helmets in the visor area. Now […]

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Cockpit Protection Concept - The Forward Roll Over Hoop

Cockpit Protection Concept – The Forward Roll Over Hoop

Meet the forward roll-hoop – the latest step in the FIA Institute’s meticulous research into improved cockpit protection for open-wheel single-seater drivers. (You Can View Video Below) An experimental titanium rollover hoop and support bracket was impact tested by a 20kg F1 wheel and tyre assembly fired at high speed from a compressed nitrogen powered […]

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Overall Overhaul

Overall Overhaul

  A racing driver’s work clothes of 60 years ago couldn’t have been more basic, lightweight cotton trousers and a T-shirt, and thin-skinned leather/suede shoes, topped off by a flimsy fabric skullcap. Over the years the development of flame retardant materials, and in particular Nomex in the 1960s, provided a vital advancement in the evolution […]

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