Racing car concept.
Initially inspired by Grand Prix cars of the 60’s Chris wanted to explore what a contemporary vision of these great racers might look like combined with modern day safety developments.
The aim was to create a design that removed the heavy reliance on over the body wing-generated downforce and instead focus on mechanical grip with a degree of ground effect generated from the under-body.
The car needed to be a game changer both visually and in the way it interacts with the driver and the race track. At the same time, it had to look like it could conceivably roll out of a Silverstone garage on a cold spring morning for an initial shakedown test within the next two years.
The canopy was a very important element of the design from the start. Chris was present at Brands Hatch in July of 2009 when Henry Surtees sadly perished and then at Pocono Raceway in August 2015 for the Indycar race and witnessed Justin Wilson’s accident on the far side of the circuit. As a lover of all things motorsport, he found both of these events, along with the fatalities of Dan Wheldon and Jules Bianchi, (all from head trauma) hard to justify and felt strongly that some form of enhanced head protection was now a must in single-seater racing cars.