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GP Week : Issue 113
F1 FEATURE >> prototype prosthetic rubber fins. Once they found one that worked it took Fuji another five months to get used to her new tail – initially it scared her. But now she’s used to it she can jump again. She’s a household name in Japan these days, with many celebrity swimming partners – including ex-F1 driver Takuma Sato. IT’S WAR While the bodies of most military vehicles are primarily built to withstand shell attacks from above, it’s a fact that in recent conflicts the biggest threat for armored personnel carriers has been roadside bombs, which explode underneath the chassis. Well, if any company knows how to employ a thick skin when attacked, it’s McLaren. The team has designed seats for the US Marine Corps fleet of Humvees. They are inspired by those of F1, protecting soldiers when their vehicle is thrown into the air upon detonation. And like F1, it allows medics to remove the injured still in their seat, thus minimizing the risk of spinal injury. Now McLaren just need to build a constructors’ campaign that can survive whatever the FIA throw at it. From Ferrari wall-hangings to carbon-fibre tables; prosthetics for dolphins; hi-tech bits for space probes; hi-tech seats for Humvees; or just early composite coinstruction of racing bikes back in the 70s, Formula 1 designers and engineers have been up to all- sorts in their spare time ... 29