07 March 2005
07 March 2005
The FIA has awarded the UK based DPS Composites with a contract to design and build a carbon fibre rear wing inspection jig to ensure all racing cars adhere to the latest set of stringent FIA regulations.
DPS Composites, one of the first companies to pioneer the use of carbon fibre in motor racing, currently provide a number of composite products to the F1 industry such as chassis, underfloors, and front/rear wing assembly, among many other engine and body components.
For every race in the F1 calendar a travelling circus of trucks support the F1 teams by providing a race base, equipment, materials and the cars themselves. Also ammong the hundreds of tonnes of freight carried around the world to support the 19-races in the 2005 calendar, is freight carrying the equipment used by the FIA’s Stewards and Scrutineers to check the technical eligibility of the 20 F1 cars taking part this year as well as the 24 GP2 cars which will be running at all the European Grands Prix as the main support race to F1.
The 2005 regulations have been particularly stringent and the weighing process is carefully executed on every car on the Thursday before each race. No car can take part in the event until it has passed the scrutineering process which also involves compliance with minimum weight requirements (currently 600kg including driver, except during qualifying when it is 605kg).
The contract awarded to DPS Composites was to design and build a carbon fibre rear wing inspection jig to the FIA's specification, for use in scrutineering cars to the 2005 regulations. The weight saving properties of carbon fibre were an essential part of the brief to DPS.
This contract was quickly followed by a second FIA order with DPS for carbon fibre ramps to allow the new GP2 cars to drive on to the above jig, also for technical scrutineering purposes.
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