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Jaguar Racing, in cooperation with the team’s Technology Partner, Lear Corporation, presented to the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) a new lightweight Jaguar R1 chassis equipped with a Formula One extractable seat system for use in training sessions for Grand Prix race track marshals. The new Jaguar R1 training chassis, debuting at the French Grand Prix, will be shipped to subsequent Grand Prix races to train marshals for potential driver extrication.. The award-winning extractable seat system was a collaboration between technical and design engineers at Lear, Jaguar Racing (formerly Stewart Grand Prix) and the FIA. The seat is designed for rapid extrication of an injured driver (30% faster than conventional methods), to prevent further injury and to provide better stabilization. Track marshals are trained to apply the extractable seat system’s head stabilization board, attach the belts and lift the immobilized driver from his car without causing further injury. Fortunately, the extractable seat has not been put to the test during the 1999 or 2000 Grand Prix seasons, but each driver now uses a version of the seat made in accordance with Lear-Jaguar Racing design specifications. The new design converted the uncomfortable, old foam seat to new, carbon fiber/kevlar composite structural sheet supplemented with individualized foam inserts to enhance driver comfort and support. The new seat structure also is lighter, an important factor in racing.
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