Innovation in Motorsport

May 17 2021

Composite Materials are part of a constant optimization and improvement flow. That’s why Bercella and Formula Seven joined forces to develop an innovative seat for Formula SAE single-seaters, using only 100% natural materials.
Flax Fiber, besides being an eco-friendly material, it is UVs, impacts and corrosion resistant. Moreover, as if this was not enough, Flax Fiber excellently absorbs the vibrations and isolates from electricity and heat, perfect fits for combining the Seat and the Firewall together into a single component, saving space and mass, both of which are key on Formula SAE racecars. All of this for only 1.450 kg!
As for the resin, it has an epoxy or polyester base that determines the resistance of the Composite. It is important to say that, along with synthetic resins, there is a huge effort to develop bio-resins to make this material 100% sustainable.
This is how Green Economy enters in the world of Racing, so true is it that FIA and other Federations are pushing to boost the use of natural fibers to improve the sustainability of Motorsport, being contemporarily promoters of positive messages. Sustainability is added to the battles against drink-driving and racism.
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