All F1 cars will use a new side impact system in the 2014 season. It has been developed by the FIA Institute in conjunction with some of the teams.
The new side impact system replaces the existing construction of crushable tubes with a series of carbon fiber tubes which have been shown to absorb impacts more successfully.
The initial design of the new construction was conceived by Marussia and developed by Red Bull.
Red Bull’s head of car engineering Paul Monaghan said: “The tube has a common specification but how teams put it into their cars is entirely their business.”
“The static tests that will be undertaken on the monocoque will determine the strength of the mounts and make sure that they are sufficient to support the tube. After that, it’s down to the teams as to how they integrate it and how they design their car around it.”
The new system should also prove more cost-effective for teams: “One of the driving forces for this was to spare teams extra expense in the testing process,” he added. “Assuming everybody has a monocoque which is strong enough and passes the static tests, then they’ve saved money, as they’re not doing an impact test. It should be a cheaper solution.”