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February 15, 2018

Williams chief technical officer Paddy Lowe has given his strong support for the new Halo and addressed one of the frequent criticisms of the new safety structure. “Behind the scenes I’ve been a big supporter of making some improvement in that area,” said Lowe at Williams’ pre-season launch event. “It’s the biggest remaining risk in Formula One to the drivers. Particularly with our young driver line-up thinking of their safety I think is very important.” Lowe acknowledged the FIA’s decision to introduce the structure had been “controversial” but he predicted that “by the second race...

February 14, 2018

The FIA is working "very closely" with IndyCar on the development of the windscreen (pictured above) in order to understand its future viability for Formula 1, RACER has learned. Following development over the past two years, the FIA has adopted the Halo cockpit protection device (pictured below) in a number of its championships, with Formula 1, Formula 2 and the next generation Formula E car all carrying the concept this year. That choice came after brief track testing of a screen in Silverstone last year, with IndyCar then testing a similar windscreen solution at Phoenix this week....

February 12, 2018

The season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals are always a high-profile platform for the world of drag racing. Not only does it mark the start of yet another 24-race national event season on the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule, it’s much more basic than that. It offers teams, tuners, drivers, crew chiefs and the sport’s officials the chance to knock off any rust that may have accumulated over the winter either on the cars themselves, or among the folks that drive and maintain vehicles – particularly the nitro-fueled Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars that routinely eclipse 320-...

February 9, 2018

With Scott Dixon at the wheel, the prototype for a windscreen to help protect IndyCar drivers from flying debris passed its first on-track test Thursday, a big step toward requiring such devices, perhaps as early as next year. "I think it's definitely a milestone as far as moving forward and moving in the right direction for some more safety initiatives, and we all know the reasons why," the four-time IndyCar series champion said. The only real problem for Dixon, he said, was the lack of airflow made things quite warm. But he described that as "an easy fix." "The cooling thing...

February 8, 2018

Drivers have called for improved safety measures across the top of the Mount Panorama circuit following the race-ending crash in Sunday’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour. A heavy crash between Ash Walsh, Bryce Fullwood, and John Martin saw the red flag shown and the race declared early, with both Walsh and Martin taken to hospital for further checks. Martin was discharged on Sunday night, while Walsh had surgery Monday on a deep cut to his elbow and was due to return to his Brisbane home Tuesday. However the incident has prompted drivers to voice their concerns, and make calls for...

February 7, 2018

Safety is one of Formula 1's main priorities. Every race, every test, and every rule is designed around safety. While racing is the name of the game, Formula 1 is smart enough to know that the well-being of their teams, fans, and drivers must be the focus of their organization. The creation of the Halo device was motivated by safety and the desire to ensure that the driver's head and neck are protected from debris that may be kicked up during an accident - debris that may even include other cars. FORMULA 1 FACES TREMENDOUS FAN BACKLASH Since Formula 1 ...

February 5, 2018

The first images of IndyCar's windscreen, which will make its testing debut next week on the one-mile Phoenix oval, have been revealed. The cockpit safety device, designed by the series and developed with Dallara, has been in the works for more than a year through the use of computer simulations, computational fluid dynamics software, and in a driving simulator. Made from a material named Opticor produced by PPG, the windscreen is said to be more durable than polycarbonates used in tests conducted by other series. Contrasting the Formula 1-style 'Halo' that makes use of composite tubes...

February 2, 2018

This is why you should never stand outside of a corner on an active rally stage: You could get very, very hurt. Photographer G David LeClair was hit Friday on Special Stage 2 of the Sno*Drift Rally this weekend when a car ran wide off the stage road. The stage was shut down after the incident and LeClair was taken to a local hospital, according to a statement Rally America briefly released, but then deleted from its website. The rally resumed on Special Stage 4. LeClair posted a Facebook update that was shared on several rally groups confirming that he broke his scapulas...

January 31, 2018

Whether you like it or not, Halo will make its full Formula One debut when pre-season testing kicks off in Barcelona on February 26. By that time we'll have seen how the teams have factored Halo in to their 2018 car designs and open-cockpit racing in F1, as we knew it, will be a thing of the past. Below are the key facts you need to know about one of 2018's biggest talking points. What is it? The Halo is a titanium structure that sits above the car's cockpit to protect the driver's head from flying debris. A single vertical pylon supports the structure in front of the driver and the...

January 30, 2018

Formula E has published the first images of its second generation car, due to race in competition from the 2018/2019 season onwards. The fully-electric series is now in its fourth season and has used the same single-make chassis since its inception in 2014. The new-look car will coincide with a step forward in battery technology that will see teams complete a full race distance without the need for a car swap midway through. The new design incorporates the Halo for the first time, which is being rolled out across all new cars competing in FIA-sanctioned series. It also features a striking...

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