A new system of safety barrier that could become the standard for major international circuits has been introduced at the Paul Ricard test track in France.
TECPRO BARRIERS installed at the "S de la Verrerie" corners replace the traditional construction of tyre walls with a polyethylene-metallic sheet combination barrier. Each individual barrier piece are made from variable density foam, with a reinforcing metallic sheet placed at its center. Each is 4.5ft long, 4ft high and 2ft wide, and weighs 260lb. They are attached together with high-strenght nylon belts to create lenght of barriers becoming extremely efficients at absorbing energy and reducing g-forces during impact.
Paul Ricard boss Philippe Gurdjian said: "TECPRO BARRIERS concept is innovative and a new step towards safety. That's why Paul Ricard was the first track to adopt it. We have developed new concepts which are now copied on all the new tracks over the world."
Paul Ricard has been designated as the FIA first centre for motorsport safety.
Huge crash of Pastor Maldonado (Williams) who hits the junction between the Tecpro line and the guardrail.
In spite of the line takes down of the rail following the enormous impact, it has protected Pastor Maldonado of a collision with the Jules Bianchi F1 (Marussia) who arrived behind. This one, in spite of he is pushed the Tecpro line, was able to get back to its stand and to finish the race.
The fast and efficient intervention of the Marshalls and of the Tecpro team has permitted to reset the Tecpro line in place in just 3 minutes. If the safety barriers were tires, the high speed of this crash would have destroy the piles of tires that would have been scattered everywhere on and off the track. The replacement lines tires would have taken hours and the drivers would have been seriously injured. But there were Tecpro to ensure the health of the driver and the proper maintenance of the GP.
Over six years in development, TECPRO BARRIERS system is capable of absorbing the energy of a 200 Km/h impact while keeping the g-force experienced by the driver to tolerable levels.
The research program that led to the barrier's development was triggered by Michael Schumacher's accident at Silverstone in 1999, when he sustained a broken leg but was lucky to escape head injuries.
The work was led on behalf of the FIA Safety Institute by FIA engineers and TECPRO BARRIERS technicians.
TECPRO BARRIERS International
40, av de Lascours
Phone: +33 (0) 442 030 691
Cellular: +33(0) 609 534 538
Today TECPRO BARRIERS collaborates with FIA, FIM, and the major National Federations Motorsports. TECPRO BARRIERS works with worldwide renowned race track designers and architects.