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Old 09-21-2005, 06:35 PM   #28
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Well, if seating position (which is tuned for performance) has made the cage design ineffective (which is for safety), I'd think that seating positions need to be modified to sit more safely within the compartment.

Recall that up until recently (with the introduction of the SAFER barrier at Indy, and subsequently, other tracks) stock car and open-wheel impacts with barriers were often against hard, cement walls with no energy absorption mechanism. Modern stock car chassis were designed with those sorts of impacts in mind, including such hits to the side of the vehicle.

Now, a cement wall is going to spread the force out, rather than a tree/post (which effectively behaves as a mandrel).

Interesting bit of news that came out, though... since Peugeot is pulling out for next season, they had already planned to work with some labs on new standards for side-impact protection, using the NCAP post test as a starting point, and would be contributing 307 shells for the testing... I think this will redouble their efforts on that front.
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