Jaguar R4 fails impact test

The 2003 Jaguar R4 recently failed an FIA side impact test when a part of the chassis cracked during the examination. However, the team is not overly concerned as the car passed the impact absorption test and the fault was due to the adhesive used...

The 2003 Jaguar R4 recently failed an FIA side impact test when a part of the chassis cracked during the examination. However, the team is not overly concerned as the car passed the impact absorption test and the fault was due to the adhesive used on the chassis.

"It did not fail the side impact test per se," said spokesman Nav Sidhu according to Reuters. "But a very small area of the chassis cracked. We believe it is due to the adhesive used to hold it in. It is certainly not a big problem. It will go in for another test at the end of the month and as far as we are concerned it's a formality."

Many teams have elected not to redesign the survival cells on cars due to the costs involved. Jaguar is trying to improve on last year's R3 chassis and have adopted a new technique in carbon fibre called 'z-pinning'. This process adds resistance to interlayer shearing by the application of micropins inserted during the pre-curing build.

Jaguar have yet to announce a team principal to replace Niki Lauda but it seems that the role will be replaced by the more general position of Sporting Director.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Niki Lauda