26 Jan 08
The safety nets, still under development with the teams, will be placed along the centre-line of the car, between the driver and co driver, in order to limit the excursion of the occupants, and prevent them impacting each other during a violent impact or roll.
A load spreading door system will increase the strength of the car in the region of the front doors, and will reduce the intrusion during a side impact accident.
A high-g sled at DEKRA was commissioned for development testing where it was demonstrated that a high velocity 70g side impact could be survived without serious injury.
"After three years of research and testing I am delighted to see these important safety measures incorporated into the rally cars," said Petter Solberg. "The teams and drivers have been highly supportive throughout and I look forward to further collaborations as we continue to strive for ever higher levels of safety in our sport."