Torro Rosso unveils new wheel release system

It seems like Torro Rosso wil stop at nothing to gain an edge. With refueling banned there is only one place to make up time in the pits and that is through faster tyre changes.

The technical gurus had thought long and hard and came up with an automated wheel removal system whereby the driver presses a button (or is it a pedal?) which causes the wheels to pop off in an instant.

The new system was prematurely revealed at Shang Hai during free practice one on Friday when Buemi accidentally pressed the wheel release button whilst adjusting the brake balance (or was it break balance?)

Here's a video showcasing this amazing new technology:
 
verry dangerus, this happen in the start lap could couse a death strike, remember the tyer bounce into the cockpit of one who comes there with still 250+ :(
i hope they get it sorted or withdraw
 
You are right Michael. It could have been a lot worse. I was only poking a bit of fun at the situation but the truth is that the failiure raises a few concers with respect to safety.

The FIA will have to relook the specifications of the wheel tethers as ultimately the thethers should have prevented them from sperating from the car.

Buemi walked away from a crash that so easily could have resulted in broken legs ala Schumacher.

It's good then that all parties walked away from this incident and provided us with a little entertainment.

I still reckon self ejecting wheels are the next big thing in F1....
 

Dave Stephenson

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There is a mechanic somewhere in that garage quietly whistling away with a nut and washer or 2 in his pocket :)
 

James Johnson

The Weatherman
You are right Michael. It could have been a lot worse. I was only poking a bit of fun at the situation but the truth is that the failiure raises a few concers with respect to safety.

The FIA will have to relook the specifications of the wheel tethers as ultimately the thethers should have prevented them from sperating from the car.

Buemi walked away from a crash that so easily could have resulted in broken legs ala Schumacher.

It's good then that all parties walked away from this incident and provided us with a little entertainment.

I still reckon self ejecting wheels are the next big thing in F1....
Unfortuantly Tethers cant be hardend anymore as you need to allow flex. (No Flex means the tethers will rip off the car underload). They can withstand low to medium energy crashes but anything like Kubica's crash in canada or Buemi's Crash the Tethers will come off anyhow. IIRC on BBC in pracitce they said they can withstand 5000KG of force.
 
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