Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Formula One is working on a closed cockpit design to keep drivers safer

Formula One is going to test a new closed cockpit design, and it could be the blade-like enclosure seen above, according to Motorsport.com. The international racing news website has obtained the image along with information that the tests will begin as early as next month. The news comes just two days after IndyCar driver Justin Wilson suffered a fatal blow to his head from debris caused by an accident, though F1 was reportedly discussing testing the idea before Wilson's death.

The strange looking concept originated with Mercedes-Benz Motorsports — one of the leading teams in F1 — but has since been taken over by F1's governing body, the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, a team spokesperson tells The Verge.

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