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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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