Ford and Citroen introduce new safety systems in Ireland

29.01.2009: The factory Ford and Citroen teams have incorporated the latest development of the FIA’s Advanced Side Impact System into their rally cars for the start of the 2009 season.This new step to improve safety in the sport is designed to help save drivers and c

The factory Ford and Citroen teams have incorporated the latest development of the FIA’s Advanced Side Impact System into their rally cars for the start of the 2009 season.

This new step to improve safety in the sport is designed to help save drivers and co-drivers from serious injury in the event of a high speed side impact accident.

Additional panels of high efficiency energy absorbing foam have been added to the drivers’ doors, one within the door cavity and one between the door and the seat.

Both panels have been designed to increase the strength of the car in the region of the front doors and help reduce intrusion in the event of a collision. The panels have been developed by the FIA Institute’s Closed Car Research Group, and supplement other side-impact systems introduced during the 2008 season.

The panel in the door cavity means the original door glazing and window winder mechanisms have been removed. Both the Citroen Total and BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Teams have come up with different solutions for the replacement windows.

The Ford team has opted to fit non-opening glass windows, complete with electrical heating elements to keep them free from condensation, while Citroen’s C4s have been fitted with polycarbonate windows which feature a sliding panel to allow ventilation. Both systems allow the windows to be removed, without tools, from both inside and outside.


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