A patent application that Ferrari filed recently reveals some interesting innovations that the performance car manufacturer might be exploring with a view to enhancing safety. The application was for a new safety device that resembles a halo. The device seems to be highly similar to the halo device the car manufacturer used for the F1 races in order to lend its drivers a greater level of protection while retaining the conventional open-cockpit design.
It looks like Ferrari might have long-term plans to use the same component in its production models to provide a higher level of rigidity and protection. From the drawings submitted for the patent, it looks like the halo device would split the view through the windshield down the middle, just like it did for the Formula One cars.
According to a report in Auto Guide, using such a halo device would eliminate the need for the thicker A-pillars that are generally needed to confirm to global safety regulations. The device would serve to support the passenger cell and even would direct the flow of air into the cabin, thus facilitating the installation of a rear-mounted AC system that would leverage this revised flow.
Ferrari said that the component could either be mounted externally in front of a single windshield or as an integral divider comprising distinctly separate right and left windshield portions. In the event that it is mounted externally in front of a single windshield, the windshield wipers would be concealed behind the halo style component, thus significantly influencing the airflow and contributing towards the aerodynamics of the sports car.
Manju Mathew, an MBA in marketing, completed publisher training courses from the Oxford Brookes University and New York University. She started with marketing and PR roles before moving on to her current position as a full time writer. Currently living in Dubai, her life as an expat has sharpened her observation skills and flair for writing. She enjoys writing about luxury cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc even if she can only dream of owning them.
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