Re­jected De­signs

What the FIA didn’t use

Motor (Australia) - - GEEK SPEAK -

A CLOSED cock­pit would be con­sid­ered even more sac­ri­le­gious in F1, yet the FIA did use a jet-fighter canopy for bench­mark­ing pur­poses dur­ing early test­ing of en­hanced­head-pro­tec­tion con­cepts.

At a dis­used Royal Air­force base, a com­pound-ni­tro­gen­pow­ered can­non was used to fire a 20kg wheel assem­bly at both the canopy and a more race­car-like wind­shield for com­par­i­son.

The wheel was de­flected away from the cock­pit in both sce­nar­ios, though only the canopy made from aerospace­spec poly­car­bon­ate and de­signed to with­stand a bird strike at 1000km/h didn’t shat­ter.

A sim­i­lar ex­per­i­ment was con­ducted on a ti­ta­nium for­ward roll­hoop de­signed by Lo­tus F1 as the FIA tried to re­tain an open-cock­pit look.

Ideas also in­cluded fins po­si­tioned ahead of the cock­pit, ‘wires’ that ran across the top of the cock­pit from be­hind the driver’s head to the car’s nose, and wrap­around screens.

All ended up in the ejec­tor seat, how­ever, as the FIA chose the Halo, at least for now, as the most realistic op­tion.

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