Some of the worst Formula 1 accidents over the past years involved pilots getting hurt by something flying towards their head. Dutch designer Andries van Overbeeke wants to make F1 racing not only sexier through his concept, but also safer.
He calls the project “Echoes of a Nearby Future” and it involves a Mclaren Honda Formula 1 racing car with closed cockpit. F1 driver Felipe Massa, who entered a coma following a hit from a spring in 2009 is one of the people supporting a closed cockpit. The problem is that the bigshots of the racing teams feel that such a racing car wouldn’t be good looking.
This design manages to be great looking and it also evokes memories from the late 1980s and early 1990s era of racing. The sidepods included here may remind you of the McLaren that Jenson Button drove into the famous 2011 Canadian rain win. The designer also included wider rear tyres and also an overall increased width. The front wing has become smaller and less complex in order to reduce the problems with turbulences.
The roll bar is not needed any more and the proportions are perfect for a realistic vehicle. With the Jules Bianchi tragedy fresh in mind, we certainly need such innovation.