/ Motorsport / Titanium skids for safety, not sparks – FIA

Titanium skids for safety, not sparks – FIA

Linked In Share

Jul.15 (GMM/Inautonews.com) F1 is not mandating titanium be fitted underneath next year’s cars solely to create sparks, the governing body insists.

After tests on a couple of cars were carried out during Austrian grand prix practice last month, the FIA has now committed to introducing new rules for 2015.

It was reported that the sole reason for adding titanium to the skid blocks was to create the kind of spectacular sparks that characterised the 80s.

But, in the wake of criticism that F1 is too often reverting to ‘artificial’ rules to inject excitement, the FIA insists the new skid block rules are in fact to “ensure they are made from a lighter material and are better contained”.

“The skids have formerly been made of a heavy metal, which has been very resistant to wear, and they (the teams) put the skids around the points in the plank where thickness is measured,” said F1 race director Charlie Whiting.

“This metal is extremely heavy and when pieces detach they can be extremely harmful. We saw two punctures in Spa previously because of bits of this metal that lay in a kerb and caused damage,” he added. “In a worst case scenario they could fly off and hit someone.”

So Whiting said the FIA is mandating the use of titanium next year primarily for safety reasons.

“Secondly,” he explained, “the titanium wears some two to 2.5 times more quickly than the metal currently used. Thus cars will have to be run a little bit higher to manage wear and teams won’t be able to drag them on the ground quite as much as they have in the past.

“The third effect is that you will see a lot more sparks, which some people think will look a little more spectacular,” Whiting acknowledged.

by Mircea Serafim (my Google+) - Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 - filed under Motorsport. Image credit: .
Linked In Share
Related Articles


Discuss: Titanium skids for safety, not sparks – FIA

Leave a Reply
















Inautonews Facebook PageInautonews RSS FeedInautonews TwitterInautonews Youtube Channel

Sign up to receive our email newsletter on your email. It's safe. No spam!

Marussia also won’t race in America – Ecclestone
Marussia also won’t race in America – EcclestoneOct.25 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Marussia will join fellow F1 straggler Caterham in not racing in Austin next weekend, Bernie ...
Lotus to keep Grosjean, test 2015 nose
Lotus to keep Grosjean, test 2015 noseOct.25 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Lotus has confirmed it will test a conventional nose solution ahead of next weekend's US grand ...
Caterham can miss Austin-Brazil double header
Caterham can miss Austin-Brazil double headerOct.25 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Caterham is allowed to sit out the next two grands prix while it fights for survival. As ...
Administrator becomes Caterham team boss
Administrator becomes Caterham team bossOct.24 (GMM/Inautonews.com) The Caterham saga took another bizarre twist on Friday as an administrator became the new team ...
[VIDEO] McLaren P1 MSO spotted on the Fiorano
[VIDEO] McLaren P1 MSO spotted on the FioranoA McLaren P1 customized by MSO has been recently spotted lapping Ferrari’s famous Fiorano track. If you though that vehicles ...
Ford Focus Electric gets price cut in the U.S.
Ford Focus Electric gets price cut in the U.S.The Ford Focus Electric has received a new price cut in the United States because of poor demand. While its main rival, the ...
Test Drive: Dacia Sandero Stepway 1.5 90 HP
Test Drive: Dacia Sandero Stepway 1.5 90 HPIf you live in Europe, you don’t need an introduction to Dacia anymore – this is the affordable Renault subsidiary that ...
[VIDEO] Mercedes-Benz GLC63 AMG prototype caught on the open road
[VIDEO] Mercedes-Benz GLC63 AMG prototype caught on the open roadA prototype version of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLC63 AMG has been recently caught on camera while it was being tested out on ...
[VIDEO] See the world’s fastest Toyota Supra in action
[VIDEO] See the world’s fastest Toyota Supra in actionThe world’s fastest Toyota Supra has been recently spotted in action on a drag strip where it managed to shatter a lot of speed ...
Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullmann spied
Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullmann spiedOur spy photographers have managed to capture the upcoming Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullmann on camera while it was being tested out on ...
BMW i8 costs more than $200,000 on eBay
BMW i8 costs more than $200,000 on eBayThe price of a BMW i8 stands at a whopping 200,000 USD on eBay as we recently found out doing a quick search. The BMW i8 is one ...
Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG announced for Australia
Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG announced for AustraliaMercedes-Benz will be launching the GLA45 AMG performance crossover in Australia where the model in question will be priced from ...
Recall roundup: 850,000 units of the Audi A4
Recall roundup: 850,000 units of the Audi A4The German based automaker Audi has recently announced a recall for a massive 850,000 units of the A4, because of some problems ...
Ferrari LaFerrari for sale
Ferrari LaFerrari for saleAnother unit of the impressive Ferrari LaFerrari is currently looking for a new owner who will have to pay no less than 2.6 ...
Ferrari F50 gets crashed in the UK
Ferrari F50 gets crashed in the UKA Ferrari F50 supercar has been recently involved in a heavy crash in the United Kingdom after its driver lost control of the ...
Read more automotive news


2013 Frankfurt Motor Show Live Images

Dacia_Sandero_Stepway_DSC7910
Spy-Shots of Cars
ferrari f50 crash uk 1
bmw x5 concept edrive paris 1
Porsche Macan Turbo TechArt tuning 1
2015 volkswagen jetta styling accessories 1
ATS Sport 490 Stradale 1
ferrari laferrari xx 1
Spy-Shots of Cars
Spy-Shots of Cars
Spy-Shots of Cars
mercedes-benz gla 45 amg tuning brabus 1

More automotive from inautonews
A McLaren P1 customized by MSO has been recently spotted lapping Ferrari’s famous Fiorano track. If you though that vehicles which aren’t produced in Maranello aren’t allowed on the Fiorano track, think again, because one of the main rivals of the LaFerrari, the McLaren P1, has been spotted ...
read more
Inautonews Editors Section
Test Drive: Dacia Sandero Stepway 1.5 90 HP
Test Drive: Dacia Sandero Stepway 1.5 90 HPIf you live in Europe, you don’t need an introduction to Dacia anymore – this is the affordable Renault subsidiary that rocked the auto industry ...
Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz A180 CDI AT
Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz A180 CDI AT The new generation of the A-Class has been around since 2012 and its overall design is quite drastic, considering its predecessor. Now, two years ...
Test Drive: Citroen C-Elysee 1.6 HDi Exclusive
Test Drive: Citroen C-Elysee 1.6 HDi Exclusive Citroen has introduced the second generation of the C-Elysee last year. The model is smaller than the C4 and it is based on the Peugeot 301, being ...

Editors Section
Inautonews Editors Section
2012 Safest Cars list 2011 Safest Cars [Video] 2011 IIHS Safest Cars [Video] 2011 EuroNCAP Safest Cars 2010 Safest Cars [Video]

Latest in Safety Recall roundup: 850,000 units of the Audi A4The German based automaker Audi has recently announced a recall for a massive 850,000 units of the ... NHTSA tries and fails to keep drivers informed about Takata airbag debacleThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a public warning about the potential ...
Safety Section