FIA announce further safety initiatives following its latest accident research - for closed cockpit cars

FIA announce further safety initiatives following its latest accident research - for closed cockpit cars

12.05.2020: CLOSED COCKPIT CARS Seat - For closed cockpit cars, an update is underway for the FIA standard for mass market “competition seats”, utilising the latest simulation tools and design optimisation technol


CLOSED COCKPIT CARS


    Seat


- For closed cockpit cars, an update is underway for the FIA standard for mass market “competition seats”, utilising the latest simulation tools and design optimisation technology.


This work will increase the lateral safety performance of the seat by adopting various characteristics of the more expensive FIA advanced competition seat, while ensuring the cost remains at an appropriate level for an entry-level seat.






ELECTRONIC SAFETY SYSTEMS


    Accident Notification and Mitigation System


- Technology solutions will be investigated to help mitigate any reduction of line of sight for drivers due to circuit geometry, in order to reduce any latency in notification of drivers that they are approaching the scene of an incident, thus ensuring drivers are quickly and reliably informed about the circuit status.



- Two steps are proposed. Firstly, an initial step to improve driver notification and information might be achieved using current technology such as the rain light, with only minor updates to car hardware. The rain light or any other light mounted to the rear of the car could be used to display the track status i.e. acting as a “yellow flag repeater” directly located in the line of sight of following drivers.


Additionally, the rear mounted light could possibly be used to indicate to a following driver when the car significantly slows as a result of encountering a yellow flag zone. It is suggested, although further testing and research is required, that this adaptation of the rain light usage could reduce driver notification time, improve the reliability of driver notification and better allow drivers to make an appropriate and proportionate reaction in the case of yellow flag deployment.




- Secondly, as a longer term solution, it is proposed to accelerate as far as possible the development and deployment of a range of advanced marshalling systems, incorporating features such as automated yellow flag generation, direct car-to-car notification of dangerously positioned stationary cars and possibly even the coordinated power reduction or redirection of cars following an incident.





    Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Deployment



- To mitigate the possible loss of control of a car as a result of a puncture, providing the driver with information on tyre state, and specifically information about the current internal pressure of the tyres, could provide greater opportunity for a driver to modulate speed earlier and appropriately in an effort to avoid a loss of control.


To achieve this, tyre pressure monitoring and reporting technology will be deployed in a broader number of categories. Actions are already initiated to deploy such systems in FIA Formula 2 and FIA Formula 3 for the 2020 season.



- As a further step, it is proposed to develop lower cost tyre pressure monitoring technology and systems, to promote and facilitate further deployment in additional categories in future.




DRIVER INSTALLATION


    Crash survivability


- Additional training material related to the correct positioning of the driver in the seat and highlighting the importance of the correct position to mitigate serious injury during an accident, with competitors in “arrive and drive” events being particularly exposed to increased risk of injury due to incorrect position.







-FIA, Paris -

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