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The FIA completes a test of a forward roll hoop to improve driver safety

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IndyF1Fan - Unregistered

April 27, 2012 5:04 PM

One would think they could do something with a clear open top canopy or windshield. I don't see this ever seeing the light of day. It's probably too late for the 2013 season but a Camparo T1-type design could work for 2014.

IndyF1Fan - Unregistered

April 27, 2012 5:22 PM

I thought Surtees was killed from above. Doubt this would have saved Senna either. A canopy is probably a better solution from a safety standpoint as well as visually.


April 27, 2012 6:18 PM

did you see the test? there is no way that such a device could be put on a car, as it would severly restrict the drivers vision. in fact, the fia admit this, and say that they are only assessing the strengths etc required. and bringing the arms backwards would hamper the driver exit.

FreeJack - Unregistered

April 27, 2012 6:56 PM

My gut reaction to this idea was: Won't impeding the driver's track vision will lead to MORE accidents? Seems like a bad solution to the issue...but as they said, it's purely theoretical at this point. I seriously doubt this will ever make it onto cars, at least not in this form.

D-Fuct - Unregistered

April 27, 2012 8:46 PM

Trouble is they can't get the fighter canopy to work, they either shatter or flex so much the driver is impacted anyway. I also suspect the temperature inside a canopy would be beyond unbearable. The roll hoop is more protective but clearly unusable with the reeduced vision. I think the research would be better spent making suspension more robust so that springs and wheels are less likely to break free. That said, can't remember the last time I saw an F1 wheel breaking for freedom?


April 27, 2012 8:56 PM

f duct. button and schumi last year, nearly schumi this year. and surtees son was killed by a flying wheel last year. and just because you cannot remember an incident, does not mean that it wont happen. do you want another person to be killed before any action is taken?

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