“Since the first prototypes were developed and demonstrated in 2016, the potential of Aeroscreen to improve the safety for drivers in the event of frontal impacts in the cockpit area of cars has been clear,” said Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, who is also CEO of Red Bull Advanced Technologies.
“This new partnership with IndyCar gives us at Red Bull Advanced Technologies the go-ahead to fully explore that potential, and to deliver a protection system that will help prevent serious injuries and potentially save lives in the US’s premier single-seater series. Over the coming months, we’ll be working closely with IndyCar and its drivers to refine and perfect Aeroscreen, and we’re looking forward to seeing the results race in 2020.”
The polycarbonate laminated screen has an anti-reflective coating on the inside to minimise glare and can be heated to prevent fogging. Crash helmet-style tear-offs are also being considered for use when the screen is introduced.
The new Aeroscreen incorporates a titanium framework which was not present when the team tested it during practice for the 2016 Russian Grand Prix. The new structure closely resembles the Halo and IndyCar says it expects it can withstand a load of 150 kilonewtons, giving it Halo-equalling performance.
Earlier this year IndyCar introduced its Advanced Frontal Protection, a titanium strut on front of the cockpit design to deflect debris away from the driver.
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