If there is an accident or impairment on the racetrack during a race, a safety car ensures the necessary safety on the track. Es Auto then ensures that, among other things, the speed on the racetrack is slowed down. In principle, almost any vehicle can be converted into a safety car. However, when choosing a vehicle, you should pay attention to a certain engine power and thus speed. However, this is most dependent on the sport. A Formula 1 safety car definitely has to be stronger than a safety car for Formula Renault or for Formula BMW vehicles.
Roll cage is important as protection
With regard to the conversion to a safety car, this should be done with a Roll cage be equipped. This prevents or minimizes at least in the event of an accident, which can lead to deformation of the vehicle and thus to serious injuries. The roll cage can be made from steel tubing. One thing is important here, namely the weight. So the roll cage must not be too heavy. You also have to pay attention to an even distribution of weight, so that the vehicle's driving behavior is not impaired later. The safety equipment also includes another radio equipment for communication with the race management and the individual racing vehicles.
Yellow light on the safety car
And when it comes to converting a real safety car, there is also a warning sticker, but also a yellow light system. With regard to the warning stickers, it depends on the background color of the car. As a rule, a safety car has a yellow or silver design. In addition, there is usually the warning sticker so that the safety car is immediately noticed. The yellow light system also ensures good perception. This is firmly installed on the roof. Here you have to pay attention to the appropriate tightness during assembly. The yellow light system as Special signaling system must be connected to the vehicle electrical system. To do this, cables must be laid in the vehicle interior, but also an operating system. The control device can either be installed in the console or set up. The latter variant has the advantage that assembly is easier. And converting a car into a safety car requires approval. The FIA, for example, sets the requirements for the vehicles in relation to Formula 1.
Example from Formula 1
With regard to Formula 1, the requirements of the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'A utomobile) as the official FIA F1 Safety Car are tied to a minimum speed level. This is to prevent the tires and brakes from cooling down too much and the engines not having to die in heat. For this, of course, the FIA and F1-specific foiling must be applied and the aforementioned light bar on the roof.
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