What Actually Happens to Your Safety Gear in a Wreck?

https://www.youtube.com/embed/FiYwVu6K19s

No one actually wants to have to use the safety equipment installed in their race car. In those rare, unfortunate cases when the gear comes into play, however, we're all thankful that it's there.

The BimmerWorld team recently rolled their E36-chassis BMW at a ChampCar event–like, rolled it more than a few times. Once back at the shop, the crew walked through the car’s safety gear: How did everything perform, and can anything be salvaged for the next build? (Bonus content: Why, even when not required, a fuel cell makes good sense.)

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/22/20 10:38 a.m.

Interesting. And educational. And, ow. Yeah, it's the second, third or fourth hit that can really mess you up. 

Bobv07662
Bobv07662
4/23/20 11:27 a.m.

Ah yes, a safety lecture from a guy wearing sandals in the shop!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/23/20 11:31 a.m.

In reply to Bobv07662 :

James drives in the sandals, too. He has a waiver. 

codrus (Forum Supporter)
codrus (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UberDork
4/23/20 6:15 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

In reply to Bobv07662 :

James drives in the sandals, too. He has a waiver. 

I really like my SFI-certified Tevas. :)

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/27/20 12:11 p.m.

Seriously, though, that was a heck of a shunt. On the third roll, do you care if your belts cost $50 more than the other ones that you considered? 

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