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August 17, 2016

What are the technical/social implications of introducing head protection into open wheeled formulas? Are the FIA’s preferred concepts for the 2017 season the most applicable solutions?  Paul Richard Hailes, FdSc. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the qualification of BSc (Hons) in Motorsport Engineering in collaboration with  The University of Bath May 2016 1   ABSTRACT This report examines the potential for a suitable solution for head protection in open wheeled, open cockpit formulas within Motorsport. This will take into...

February 22, 2016

To see the full results and commentary from the Motorsport Safety Foundation's "Cockpits in Open-Wheel Racing" survey, please click here. For results and commentary of fans only, click here.

February 21, 2016

To see the full results and commentary from the Motorsport Safety Foundation's "Cockpits in Open-Wheel Racing" survey, please click here. For results and commentary of drivers only, click here.

December 21, 2015

To see the full results and commentary from the Motorsport Safety Foundation's "Cockpits in Open-Wheel Racing" survey, please click here. For results and commentary of safety workers only, click here.

December 7, 2015

To see the full results and commentary from the Motorsport Safety Foundation's "Cockpits in Open-Wheel Racing" survey, please click here.

May 28, 2015

The Verizon IndyCar Series and chassis manufacturer Dallara are working on new methods to prevent future injuries like the one suffered by driver James Hinchcliffe. The Canadian’s crash during practice for the Indianapolis 500 took place after a suspension component failed, and in the ensuing high-speed impact with the Turn 3 wall, a right-front wishbone entered his No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara DW12 chassis, where it penetrated his lower extremities. In response to the crash, the series and Dallara mandated the installation of new wishbone “pads” for the race (BELOW, in...

October 12, 2013

It's taken a few days for the depression and anger to subside.Dario Franchitti's ridiculous, unnecessary trip into and partially through the barriers last weekend during the second race of IndyCar's Grand Prix of Houston continues to be a topic of conversation. 13 people were injured—14 if you include Franchitti, who broke his ankle, fractured two vertebrae, and suffered a serious concussion. Of those who were hit by flying debris and fencing, 11 were treated and released on-site. Two spent time in the hospital and have also been released. The crash even spilled into the tabloids...

July 1, 2010

The FIA Institute working alongside ProDrive to develop and improve specifications, guidelines and the construction of Roll Over Protection Systems (ROPS) for rally and circuit cars. The FIA Institute’s new ROPS project aims to improve driver safety by improving current materials and technologies, and establishing best practices. It is intended that this project will deliver specifications that exceed the requirements of current FIA regulations in order to provide drivers with improved protection during accidents whilst ensuring consistent fabrication methods. World...

February 23, 2001

Introduction to How NASCAR Safety Works A National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) car is an amazing machine that pushes the physical limitations of automotive engineering. Crafting one of these cars is a meticulous task that takes dozens of designers, engineers and mechanics who put in hundreds of hours to perfect the car before it ever rolls onto a race track. On the track, the driver shows off his professional skills by directing this 3,400-pound (1,542-kg) machine around an oval track at speeds that would terrify most people. For many, sitting at the...

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