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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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Hybrid III Neck for Crash Dummies

Hybrid III Neck for Crash Dummies

The FIA Institute and its partners have developed a new neck for crash test dummies (Hybrid III), that better examines the extreme forces experienced by racing drivers. The Hybrid III design allows the ‘crash dummies’ neck to stretch so the actual position of the head in relation to the car environment and safety equipment can […]

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The Super Visor

The Super Visor

When the helmet of Ferrari driver Felipe Massa was struck by an F1 suspension spring the vulnerability of the visor area was exposed.  That racing incident prompted the latest design tweak to motor sport’s finest head protector. A Zylon strip (a synthetic polymer) across the visor will make the already super-tough 8860 standard helmet tougher […]

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V8 Supercar Crash Test

V8 Supercar Crash Test

With collaboration from the FIA Institute and V8 Supercars Australia, AIMSS rebuilt an accident damaged V8 Supercar donated by Paul Weel Racing and shipped it to an FIA Institute accredited test facility in Frankfurt, Germany to conduct a high speed front on impact. (see video below) The car was impacted at 100km/h into an instrumented […]

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A Nose For Safety

A Nose For Safety

Why That Stepped Nose ?   The most obvious aesthetic change to the cars on the 2012 Formula 1 grids is that stepped nose. Not pretty, but it’s there for a reason – keeping drivers safe in the event of a massive T-bone shunt. Over recent years the evolution of Formula One car design has […]

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You Really Do Need an FHR (Frontal Head Restraint)

You Really Do Need an FHR (Frontal Head Restraint)

Picture: There are now several variations of FHR devices currently approved and available, including the Simpson ‘Hybrid Pro’ pictured on right.  Click below to view the current FIA approved list of FHR (Frontal Head Restraint) device systems.     HANS (Head And Neck Support) has recently celebrated 25 years since it was first used in […]

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