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Global Institute - Launch Experts: Simulating solutions for Airborne Accidents

A sudden spin can be disastrous in motor sport. A good result can be lost and reputations ruined in the blink of an eye. But in the case of LMP1 cars, a high-speed spin can make the risk of a violent airborne crash a distinct possibility.

The danger of an LMP1 or other high-performance machine going airborne due to a sudden change in the forces acting on the car at top speed has been an occasional and dramatic problem for sports car drivers in the past. As a result of that risk, huge progress has already been made in recent years to try to prevent these sudden launches, with devices such as the shark fin engine cover, aerodynamically sculpted rear areas and special holes around wheel-arches introduced via regulation updates.