Subaru Technicha International and other WRC teams are relying on ARPRO’s impact protection capabilities to meet new FIA safety regulations for the 2011 World Rally Championship season. STI engineers worked with JSP, in both Asia and Europe benefitting from global expertise delivered locally.
“ARPRO met all our requirements” says Takayuki Numao, Engineer for STI. “Using ARPRO, we received fast and expert advice, as well as an FIA approved solution.”
Since 2008 ARPRO energy absorbers have been supplied to a number of leading WRC teams following the introduction of the FIA Advanced Side Impact System (AISS) for the World Rally Championship. These developments were a significant step in improving safety and were designed to help save drivers and co-drivers from serious injury in the event of a high speed side or rear impact accident.
With the introduction of smaller and more compact cars for WRC2011, this level of safety had to be maintained; equally important, the introduction of the new AISS means that these elements can be cascaded down to other cars, further improving overall safety in the sport.
“ARPRO is an excellent energy absorbing material that withstands multiple impacts without damage explains Paul Compton, JSP President and Chief Executive Officer – Europe, Middle-East and Africa. “Its light weight and its exceptionally high strength-to-weight ratio makes it an obvious choice for use in all vehicle crash protection components”.