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Author Topic: IndyCar's New Areoscreen  (Read 755 times)

Offline cosworth151

IndyCar's New Areoscreen
« on: July 03, 2019, 04:46:18 PM »
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  • The Aeroscreen will be IndyCar's new safety device. On Dallara's simulator, it looks a lot like an F1 Halo. In real life, it will have a Plexiglas (perspex on the other side of the pond) glazing over it.

    I'm not a fan of it. IndyCar finally shed its fenders and became open wheel again. Now they want to go (almost) closed cockpit.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=HLnNkiL7-QY


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    Offline Jericoke

    Re: IndyCar's New Areoscreen
    « Reply #1 on: July 04, 2019, 03:29:14 PM »
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  • The Aeroscreen will be IndyCar's new safety device. On Dallara's simulator, it looks a lot like an F1 Halo. In real life, it will have a Plexiglas (perspex on the other side of the pond) glazing over it.

    I'm not a fan of it. IndyCar finally shed its fenders and became open wheel again. Now they want to go (almost) closed cockpit.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=HLnNkiL7-QY

    I can only assume there are some very nervous insurance executives behind the halo and the aeroscreen.

    I agree that saving the lives of drivers is important, so I can't really fault the series for coming up with bizarre solutions. I assume that helmets were once seen with scorn, or the enclosed cockpit, the blazing hot firesuits.

    I mostly find it curious that F1 and Indycar came to different conclusions on how to solve basically the same problem.

    I know that IndyCar likes to keep separate from the FIA, and I don't blame them, but since both series need to consider cost cutting, I'd like to see more harmony between them.  Maybe cooperating on safety designs makes sense instead of doing the research twice and not comparing notes?

    Offline Scott

    Re: IndyCar's New Areoscreen
    « Reply #2 on: July 04, 2019, 03:39:04 PM »
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  • I donít see Indy and F1 collaborating on much before one of them owns the other. 

    I donít mind the design, nor do I mind the halo.  Indy is more dangerous than modern F1, and particularly when a car gets airborne and touches the catch fence on an oval.  I donít know if the design can help with that or if it will just become more bits flying around waiting to impale or dismember someone.  I hope not.
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    Offline John S

    Re: IndyCar's New Areoscreen
    « Reply #3 on: July 04, 2019, 06:38:10 PM »
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  • The Aeroscreen will be IndyCar's new safety device. On Dallara's simulator, it looks a lot like an F1 Halo. In real life, it will have a Plexiglas (perspex on the other side of the pond) glazing over it.

    I'm not a fan of it. IndyCar finally shed its fenders and became open wheel again. Now they want to go (almost) closed cockpit.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=HLnNkiL7-QY

    I can only assume there are some very nervous insurance executives behind the halo and the aeroscreen.

    I agree that saving the lives of drivers is important, so I can't really fault the series for coming up with bizarre solutions. I assume that helmets were once seen with scorn, or the enclosed cockpit, the blazing hot firesuits.

    I mostly find it curious that F1 and Indycar came to different conclusions on how to solve basically the same problem.

    I know that IndyCar likes to keep separate from the FIA, and I don't blame them, but since both series need to consider cost cutting, I'd like to see more harmony between them.  Maybe cooperating on safety designs makes sense instead of doing the research twice and not comparing notes?

    I think you'll find IndyCar has piggybacked on designs done for F1, Red Bull particularly put time and effort into the Screen rather than the Halo. 
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    Offline cosworth151

    Re: IndyCar's New Areoscreen
    « Reply #4 on: July 05, 2019, 01:13:46 AM »
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    I assume that helmets were once seen with scorn,

    Sir Sterling Moss told the story of when he told his father that he wanted to race. His father asked if he was going to wear a "crash hat."  Sir Sterling responded, "That would be a bit sissy."

    Dan Gurney got much the same reaction when he introduced the full face helmet to the Indy 500. He wore one of Roy Richter's Bell Moto Star helmets in the 1968 race. Of course, it was all black.
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