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Old 6 Jan 2011, 09:08 (Ref:2811842)   #1
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FIA App K regulations - 01-01-2012

New regs here:

http://argent.fia.com/web/fia-public...10.12.2010.pdf
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Old 6 Jan 2011, 10:06 (Ref:2811857)   #2
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Thanks Peter for the link - have downloaded a copy and have been ploughing through it.

One interesting change for this year is that for cars from period F (post 1961) onwards, harnesses must be 6 point, good for the sale of seat belts no doubt.

Must go out and check the WSM as I may be taking it to Spa this year, and I know how fussy they are about such things.

May have to change the seat as well......or perhaps stick to the Elite.
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Old 6 Jan 2011, 11:22 (Ref:2811884)   #3
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[QUOTE=Brian A;2811857] One interesting change for this year is that for cars from period F (post 1961) onwards, harnesses must be 6 point, good for the sale of seat belts no doubt.
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Well spotted Brian, that change wasn't so easy to see!

So for 1962 cars on we all now need 6 point harness, but the requirement for straps to be 3" wide has gone......

There is some change to the roll cage regs but need time to read through that lot!

Re: fuel caps the regs mention 'one way safety valve fitted between the cap and fuel tank'. According to the UK Scrutineer I was talking to at end of last season in his opinion the 'Monza' cap with seperate locking plug (either by key or turnhandle thing) beneath was OK for 2011, so hopefully it can be defined as a safety valve, although two way not one way.......
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Old 6 Jan 2011, 11:29 (Ref:2811888)   #4
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I'm still uncertain on the seat thing. I guess I really need to fit a FIA approved seat. Already got the 6 point harness.
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Old 6 Jan 2011, 11:31 (Ref:2811889)   #5
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zefarelly should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridzefarelly should be qualifying in the top 5 on the gridzefarelly should be qualifying in the top 5 on the grid
6 point good IMO
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Old 6 Jan 2011, 11:47 (Ref:2811898)   #6
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But a lot of 'period' seats don't have aperture in base for them and with glassfibre car need to have somewhere on floor to locate them, so looks like a way of getting owners to spend lots of money.....
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in my Merlyn I use a Tillett karting seat - they have great lateral support and actually look semi period. They are also cheap.
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......so looks like a way of getting owners to spend lots of money.....
So what's new?
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I just think 4 point is dangerous if you have a shunt, particularly head on, and if your in a more prone position

If there's the will there's a way, I've just welded fixings to the chassis of a car and cut the GRP from the floor etc, nothing visibly noticable but as safe as your going to be in an old car is the idea at least
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I think four point is fine but you do need to make sure the lap belts are in the right place. Hence not good for two driver or pit stop races. The cost difference isn't really that great either. The vertical straps on a six point shouldn't do anything other than tie down the lap belts.
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Web link to new regs is

http://argent.fia.com/web/fia-public...10.12.2010.pdf

The key changes seem to me to be:

5.15.1 All cars of Period F onwards with a roll bar must be equipped with 6-point harnesses conforming to Article 253.6 of the current Appendix J.


Fuel filler caps and necks:
When a car is fitted with an exposed fuel filler cap, the filler neck must be fitted with a one way safety valve fitted between the filler cap and the fuel tank(s).
5.5.7 Any fuel lines or tubes that may carry fuel passing through the driver/passenger compartment must be protected and, if non-metallic, must be internally or externally metal braided hydraulic pressure hoses or fuel lines complying with FIA Appendix J Article 253 3.2. They may only be joined by screw sealing joints or vehicle manufacturer approved joints.


5.13 Rollbars / rollcages
5.13.1 Even when the present article does not demand them, rollbars are strongly recommended for all other historic cars where appropriate.
5.13.2 Requirements
(a) Periods A to E: rollbars/rollcages as specified below are recommended, except for cars originally fitted with rollbars/rollcages, which must have rollbars meeting or exceeding the specification used on the car when it was used in competition in its period.
(b) For all other periods: rollbars/rollcages providing adequate protection are obligatory. These rollbars/rollcages must be built according to the specifications set out in this article. Roll bars/roll cages in all open cars must be a minimum of 5 cm above the top of the driverís and co-driversís helmets at all times.
(c) A period specification roll bar or roll cage is defined as one that was used in competition in period on the actual make and model of car. The competitor must provide evidence of the period specification when requested.
5.13.3 When a rollcage is fitted, the rear seat may be modified or removed from the car.
5.13.4 Aluminium cages are banned in any period unless they are an original integral part of the carís structure (e.g. Porsche 908, 917). When a safety cage made of a light alloy is described on a homologation extension applicable to the car concerned or was part of the original specification, the original design of this cage may be replicated provided the material used is steel, in accordance with Appendix VI A or B, and the original dimensions of the tubes are maintained.
5.13.5 Specifications
The specification of the roll bar/roll cage installed must be detailed on the Roll Over Protection System Description document which must be attached to the carís HTP.
(a) For Period F Formula 1 cars (1/1/1961 - 31/12/1965), if the safety rollbar / roll cage is an integral part of the vehicleís structure, it may be used in place of the one stipulated elsewhere in this article 5.13.
(b) For Periods F and GR, single-seat and two-seat racing cars must be fitted with a rollbar / roll cage conforming to period specification (if a rollbar / roll cage was required) or Art. 277 of Appendix VI A to this regulation.Rearward braces may be replaced (or complemented) by forward-facing ones, which must be attached to the main hoop at a distance from its summit of not more than one third of the distance between its summit and its bottom mounting point; such braces must not impede the exit of the occupants from the car.

8.3.2.1.3 Roof reinforcement :
Compulsory for cars CT and GTS over 2000 cc
The upper part of the safety cage must comply with one of Drawings K-19, K-20 or K21.
The reinforcements may follow the curve of the roof.
For competitions without co-drivers, in the case of Drawing K-19 only, only one diagonal member may be fitted but its front connection must be on the driverís side.
The ends of the reinforcements must be less than 100 mm from the junction between rollbars and members (not applicable to the top of the V formed by reinforcements in Drawings K-20 and K-21).
8.3.2.1.4 Windscreen pillar reinforcement :
Compulsory for cars CT and GTS over 2000 cc
It must be fitted on each side of the front rollbar if dimension ďAĒ is greater than 200 mm (Drawing K-22).
It may be bent on condition that it is straight in side view and that the angle of the bend does not exceed 20į.
Its upper end must be less than 100 mm from the junction between the front (lateral) rollbar and the longitudinal (transversal) member (see Drawing K-54 for the measurement).
Its lower end must be less than 100 mm from the (front) mounting foot of front (lateral) rollbar



Personally I don't have too much of a problem, although re-doing HTP every 5 years will make a lot of work and money for some people.

6 point harnesses are essential if you ask me. I guess we all know what happened to Barry SS at Le Mans in his MGB a few years ago with a 4 point harness - submarined and broke his sternum.

I'm with Jeremy on Ridgard seats. Not just comfortable but better in an old car without crumple zones as the seat deforms rather than breaks. I have seen several people injured from broken seat backs in modern fibreglass seats in older cars.

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But a lot of 'period' seats don't have aperture in base for them and with glassfibre car need to have somewhere on floor to locate them, so looks like a way of getting owners to spend lots of money.....


You are allowed to cut a hole in the swab to cater for for the anti sub strap Mike. [Acording to the Blue Book]
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Blue book? That's MSA, not FIA, isn't it- could be risky...........

Seriously, thanks for that. I don't know if Gilbern will be out this year but at least know what needs doing- as well as all other work on list!

Checking Cobra site they now do FIA approved 'classically styled' narrow highback.

Havn't got to grips with Rollcage rules yet, but always got confused by them anyway.
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Blue book? That's MSA, not FIA, isn't it- could be risky...........

Seriously, thanks for that. I don't know if Gilbern will be out this year but at least know what needs doing- as well as all other work on list!

Checking Cobra site they now do FIA approved 'classically styled' narrow highback.

Havn't got to grips with Rollcage rules yet, but always got confused by them anyway.
OMP are probably the most 'authentic' looking Mike,thier 'Brands Seat' is perfect for most sports cars,they fit! Only thing with this type is that you must have the Head Restraint/Rest fitted. They are probably the lightest available of all tube framed seat

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Fuel filler caps and necks:
When a car is fitted with an exposed fuel filler cap, the filler neck must be fitted with a one way safety valve fitted between the filler cap and the fuel tank(s).


There seems to be considerable discussion now about what constitutes firstly the filler cap and secondly exposed.As I understand it the rule was introduced simply and solely to deal with Monza type caps which protrude outside the body and have nothing between the cap and the fuel. However in most cases the cars have a bladder inside with a secondary cap-thus the Monza cap is just decoration and not the filler cap at all-so does not need a flap. At that point any car which had a bladder with a cap of some description no longer needs to fit a flap valve.The fact that modern cars in don't need this item despite having the same type as old cars has not crossed any ones mind.The second factor is say a Formula Junior or Sports racer with an exposed fuel filler cap buried deep in the car.Technically the cap is exposed thus technically the rule applies.
Allegedly some one once looked up and said Forgive them-they know not what they do- plus ca change.....
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