Mercedes: Halo can Hold a Bus

On Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

F1 cars are going to become even more robust thanks to the introduction of the new halo protection device for the cockpit.

Mercedes stated that the new structures that are made of titanium are quite strong. They are capable of holding the weight of the famous double-decker bus that the city of London has been known for. This means that the structures are designed to hold a total weight of 12 tonnes that is balanced in a metal frame weighing 7 kg. These new structures are also set to become compulsory for every car that will be made and manufactured this year.

This revelation was made James Allison, technical chief of Silver Arrow. He admitted that incorporating this safety device into the car design of his team for the year 2018 has been quite a challenge. According to him, the structure was not a light piece, after all. They are putting titanium weight 7 kilos in the car. However, he also recognises that these are necessary changes that they will need to accommodate to ensure that the finished product is a car that will still be able to comply with the weight limit.

The reason why it is not light is due to how it is able to take high loads. The design of the car’s chassis had to be strengthened too to allow it to roughly be able to take the weight of a double-decker London bus if it were sat on top. There was also a need to get the structure strong enough so it is able to withstand whatever event it was specifically designed to protect drivers against.

The structure, being large and heavy at the same time, meant that the team had to deal with aerodynamic issues as well. There was a need to take into account numerous factors. For instance, round tubes are not very ideal aerodynamically. This resulted in them being allowed to get the halo modified in a manner that will be unique for each team.

They were even given permission to get an aerodynamic fairing fitted around the halo. This ensures that there is enough scope available to help mitigate the effect of the structure to the overall aerodynamic qualities of the car. The goal is for a halo that is designed to not have any adverse effect on the smooth performance and running of the car’s engine. This is why steps were taken to ensure that the halo is not going to be ingested by the vehicle’s engine. It is also designed while taking into account the rear wing behaviour so that the halo is not going to damage it.

The F1’s highly competitive nature means that whatever technical developments are introduced often happen at such a fast pace. The halo’s evolution is expected to occur in the same manner as well. This is the first head protection that is designed to go up, around, and over the driver’s head. It is expected that it will also not be the last of its kind as well.

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