Crash protection

Crash Protection Systems Mean A Driver Can Survive The Impact of 100 MPH To A Standstill In 2 Seconds

Formula 1 cars aren’t all about speed and performance, with crash protection being a key part of the design philosophy. Making them amongst the safest cars in the world and constantly evolving.

There have been a lot of F1 crashes over the years, with most nowhere near fatal. This is due to the multitude of safety features like the most high-tech helmets, the best race suits, gloves and helmets.

The cars are built around a survival cell that can withstand high impacts and allow the driver to exit the car. Today’s cars have a halo to protect the driver’s head, and cars have tethers on wheels to prevent them from flying off and striking another driver, marshal or spectator.

According to Wired, an F1 driver can survive an impact that involves the car going from 100 mph to a standstill in 2 seconds. There are hundreds of safety regulations that a vehicle has to pass for it to be eligible for Formula 1 racing.

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Andrew Burden

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