Aimed at reducing crashes resulting from excessive contacts, a new front bumper mounting solution has been developed, tested and approved and will be to be introduced in 2015. We are waiting for the official release.
The FIA World Motor Sport Council has recently approved a new technical solution for mounting the front bumper that will force drivers to avoid contacts. A divergent “connecting bar” fixed on the two tubes allows the front bumper to move backwards, disengaging the lower support and dropping downwards in case of hard contact – allowance provides 5km/h speed difference between the two drivers, above which the front bumper drops forcing the driver to pit. Safe to say that a contact over the allowance cannot be considered fortuitous, and consists in a substantial disadvantage to the malicious contact without putting safety at risk, as the bumper remains attached to the chassis.
The solution, developed by KG in collaboration with the CIK and tested by Tony Kart drivers Ardigò and Camponeschi – who did try hard to assess the efficiency of the system by pushing each other without hesitation - seems to be going in the right direction.
More detailed information courtesy of CIK vice President Kees van de Grint on the next issue of Vroom.