USF1 car undergoes crash test (Video)

There’s been some speculation about how far along USF1 are with their F1 project. A new video released by the team today showing their car’s nose structure undergoing crash testing may help address those concerns.

The team revealed the crash test took place last week, but it’s likely most of the existing teams had crash-tested their designs late in 2009. Lotus had also done so.

With USF1 planning to test in Alabama before joining the other F1 teams at Spain in February, they must be expecting to get the first car finished fairly soon.

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46 comments on USF1 car undergoes crash test (Video)

  1. There is a rumour now, that US F1 are asking the FIA permission to skip the first races, and start their season in Barcelona!

  2. As an American my USF1 skepticism is cash based. No title sponsor or significant other sponsors other than Chad Youtube Hurley as a partial partner. To me that means a car that will be a last minute slapped together effort, or possibly none at all.

    Remember the Minardi days when they never tested the car and came straight to the first race and had their first test during Friday practice? But at least they had the previous seasons of experience to build from. These boys have nada.

    Not overly optimistic on my part. But it is tedious reading all the snide shots the team takes. And now
    unexplainable “tackiness” of American sports in general.

    Regarding American cars that can’t go around corners I would reference Ford GT40, Corvette, Viper, Caddilac sports sedans, Jim Hall designed CanAm cars, Mustang and Camaro road racers, etc. My only point here is perception is not necessarily reality.

    Okay, I’m braced for the counter attacks, let ‘er rip!

    • John H said on 11th January 2010, 1:03

      I can’t explain the tackiness I’m afraid… it’s just a feeling. It’s the same feeling I used to get when Briatore went on about ‘improving the show’ and having shorter races. Without wishing to sound like an old bugger, society at large is all about having things quicker, faster, more points, more glamour, more points, more ‘shiny things’ and I associate this (perhaps wrongly) with the USA.

      I’m just giving my honest opinion really, sorry if it causes any offence!

  3. Steve_P83 said on 11th January 2010, 18:29

    Has anyone taken a moment to reflect on the fact that USF1 has produced this video to just be a cool looking video? No, the wing isn’t attached. I don’t think they care because the intent of the video is to show something getting smashed and looking cool rather than to show an FIA approved crash test!

    I think GeorgeK needs to add the Shelby Daytona to his list of American cars. If you haven’t heard of that car, look it up. Had an amazing run taking on and beating Ferrari in the 60’s!

    • wisenheimer said on 11th January 2010, 21:12

      Errr…not sure why someone should do this. Even that costs money…and if you would know how to do it, why do a fake test and present it via youtube to the whole world? That gives us ( the Europeans ;-) ) even more the impression of having here a F1 Team made in Hollywood. Not more. They had the chance to buy the 2010 Toyotas…for a start and to learn, I think that would have been a clever move.
      Now they are desperately looking for engineers with F1 experience, but they don’t know that most of the Europeans still need a work permit for the US…
      However I still hope they gonna make it…but time is running out I guess

  4. @Steve_P83, I couln’t agree with you more.

    @wisenheimer, you do realize that Hollywood is about 2,400 miles from Charlotte right? That’s about the distance from London to Ankara, Turkey and Charlotte and Hollywood probably have less in common than London and Ankara. My point is that a simple youtube video from a cheap handheld camera has nothing to do with Hollywood and I personally think your comment is quite silly. It’s yet another example of Europeans jumping on the chance to diss the US team. I mean really, a youtube video and “a team made in Hollywood, not more”.

    Please tell me how much the video portion of the attached video costs….umm, NOTHING. The car and the test costs a lot, and they had to do it. To record it and post it costs…nothing…Remember…youtube is their sponsor…..

    Also, why is this a fake test???

    • wisenheimer said on 12th January 2010, 20:58

      @mfDB, first of all I didn’t say and think that it was a fake test, Steve_P83 mentioned it could be a fake test just to show a cool video. And you’re right, the filming doesn’t cost anything, but to do (in case it is one) a fake test costs money (to produce a part, even if its fake it costs something), which doesn’t make sense to me. Therefor I think it is a real test, it would just be a waste of money if it was fake.
      With “made in Hollywood” I meant that to me what USF1 did up to now is more “acting” than showing real results…like this front crash. You can’t say “we passed the first crash test” if you need to have the pylons on and a wing section. These two little details are very cruical during the front test and influence a lot the g-values that are measured and satisfy the regulations.

      Whatever.

  5. @ John H

    Honest “opinions” without factual support are in and of themselves hurtful regardless of the context.

    I can generally agree that tackiness of all sorts can be found in any society; just as we can find snobbery in many. “American sporting tackiness” as a discussion reference while debating F1 issues is not relevant nor appreciated.

    I too have been around the circuit for more laps than I care to admit to, and while I consider myself semi-toughened by life experiences I find myself still rising to the defense of my own society.

    @ Steve_P83

    Thanks for the Shelby Daytona note, Aaesome car; sad that I overlooked it.

  6. Cool. I wish there were moe of these and other tests for us to see…

  7. Darren said on 20th February 2010, 7:36

    ok its 20 days to the first race and I speak for all the f1 fans…where the hell is the car??

  8. i love the movie g-force, that characters are quite funny ‘

  9. g-force is very nice, i love all the characters in that animated movie *”.

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