idea of the day: closed cockpit F1?

Well that’s interesting to wonder if F1 cars could ever be closed cockpit.  This rendering was done by Iacoski and apparently inspired by Massa’s accident in 2009 where he got nailed in the head by debris!

Whatever you think about it, the rendering is definitely nicely done and very interesting!  Something to think about…

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5 thoughts on “idea of the day: closed cockpit F1?

  1. argl says:

    This is most probably not going to happen, the driver has to be able to leave the cockpit in under five seconds for security reasons. Stunning rendering though.

  2. danidmas says:

    Check out this foto from the 60s. David Brabham with a fighter jet-kind-of-cockpit.

  3. TomSR says:

    This is probably what an open wheel LMP1 car would look like. And in response to argl’s comment: I think these F1 engineers wouldn’t have any problem finding a solution to get the driver out in 5 seconds (unless when it’s upside down, but that’s also tricky these days).

    Rendering is nicely done indeed!

  4. Automobiliac says:

    I believe F1 has done some ballistics tests with canopies to explore this idea. Obviosuly driver egress is the main sticking point.

  5. SR71 says:

    I’d think something that’d look something like the Polyphony/Red Bull X2010 would be very, very much more attractive over the current hodge-podge of attrocities they field right now.

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