Video: A1GP Frontal Impact Test

This video was kindly supplied by John Travis Technical Director of Trackcreate Ltd , the designer of the A1GP car along with his team A1GP Technology Ltd and is also one of the partners in RaceStaff.

The A1GP Ferrari car was built to satisfy the FIA 2004 F1 crash test regualtions. Thus the tests were carried out the Transport Research Laboratories (TRL). For this test, the complete monocoque and nose cone assembly must be complete and fitted to the test sledge weighing a total of 780Kg. To make the test representative, the fuel tank must be filled with water and a crash test dummy wearing seat belts must be installed. Travelling at just over 30 mph at the point of impact, the driver must not be a peak deceleration greater than 60g and the monocoque\trolley must not average more than 40g. As well as this the monocoque itself, seat belts and fire extinguisher must be intact after the crash. Its clear to see that at this rate of deceleration the driver and seat belts display alarming elasticity, although this is part of the mechanism to reduces the loads and potential for injury.

16.2 Frontal test :

All parts which could materially affect the outcome of the test must be fitted to the test structure which must be solidly fixed to the trolley through its engine mounting points but not in such a way as to increase its impact resistance.

The fuel tank must be fitted and must be full of water.

A dummy weighing at least 75kg must be fitted with safety belts described in Article 14.4 fastened.

However, with the safety belts unfastened, the dummy must be able to move forwards freely in the cockpit.

The extinguishers, as described in Article 14.1 must also be fitted.

For the purposes of this test, the total weight of the trolley and test structure shall be 780kg and the velocity of impact 14.0 metres/sec.

The resistance of the test structure must be such that during the impact :

– the average deceleration over the first 150mm of deformation does not exceed 5g ;

– the average deceleration of the trolley does not exceed 40g ;

– the peak deceleration in the chest of the dummy does not exceed 60g for more than a cumulative 3ms, this being the resultant of data from three axes.

Furthermore, there must be no damage to the survival cell or to the mountings of the safety belts or fire extinguishers.

As part of the RaceStaff sponsorship of ScarbsF1, We will have more videos of the A1GP car testing next month.


3 thoughts on “Video: A1GP Frontal Impact Test

  1. I’ve always wondered if 50 km/h is a representative speed for the average single-seater racing crash. I can imagine it is, because the point of impact is usually not a solid wall, the angle is usually not head-on, lot’s of speed is usually scrubbed off, etc. But it would still be interesting to see how that number was determined.

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