The FIA Institute Research Programme conducts safety research, disseminates the results of research and provides information on the best safety procedures, practices and technologies that can be applied to motor sport safety. Research covers important safety elements such as driver equipment, vehicle design, spectator protection, and medical facilities.
This research is split into three areas covering open cockpit cars, closed cars and karting. Here are some examples of our work across these three areas:
The FIA Institute has been working with Formula One teams to develop a new side impact system that will be on all cars from 2014.
Ford has drawn on the FIA Institute’s technical and safety expertise for its latest single-seater race car design. The result is a chassis that matches the safety levels of an F1 racer — for a fraction of the cost.
The FIA Institute has been conducting ground-breaking research into new roll-over protection systems for competition rally cars.
Extricating a driver following an accident is a crucial area of safety, especially for closed car racing and rallying where drivers can become trapped or injured by surrounding debris. This is why the FIA Institute has been running extrication courses and providing support in this area.