to reveal what was really happening with the #268 Richard
Woods car at Mildenhall tonight [6th April] . As part of the
ongoing testing of the StoxSafe fire suppression system,
Richardís car has been fitted with data logging equipment
measuring speed, GPS position, G force and temperature.
The idea being to prove scientifically
what forces the system can handle, specifically the thermal
bulb that is the trigger for the automatic firing. The
equipment will be in the car for a few meetings so we can
accumulate some meaningful data.
My huge thanks go to Andrew English of
213 Performance for not only loaning the equipment but also
taking the time to come and fit and calibrate it. We look
forward to some interesting data.
Kings Lynn on the 30th March will see the start of race
scenario testing of the system. Our guinea pigs will be
Russell Cooper and Richard Woods and our thanks go to them.
Initial testing will be done with water instead of powder
filled bottles, just until the integrity of the thermal bulb
triggers has been satisfactorily proven.
It is also planned at some stage to fit data logging
equipment to one of the cars so we can gather data about the
speed and G forces the system has been subject too. It
should make for some interesting reading.
I thought maybe you might like some feedback and an
update from the MWA show with regards to the StoxSafe
Automatic Fire Suppression System. Firstly, thank you to
everyone who took the time to watch the video, see the
installation first hand and take the time to ask about it.
I have to say I was ecstatic at the amount of encouraging
positive comments I received. I think what surprised most
people was the size of the system, I think most were
expecting it to be much bigger.
One of the most common queries raised was whether the
equipment would be man enough for the rough and tumble of F1
racing and would there be a danger of accidental firings?
SPA are acknowledged experts in their field (they are now
the largest suppliers of extinguisher systems in North
America) and they point out that in the US they have systems
using the same thermal bulb trigger in road race, drag race,
dirt oval, paved oval and a couple of monster trucks (2 are
Grave Digger trucks). To date they have not had one break by
accident. Also IndyCar tested one at a test at Sebring.
Which is probably one of the roughest road racing tracks in
the world and also had no issue. Never say never, but to
date they have not had an issue with accidental breakage.
SPA also point out the straps that hold the bottle in place
are to FIA specification and will withstand a minimum force
of 25G. As I said to anyone who asked, if we do need to make
any modifications, they will be dealt with quickly and
efficiently although, hopefully we will not need to make
A couple of comments were made with regard to the dreaded
small print, SPAís Terms & Conditions will apply. They have
been good enough for International motorsport teams, the FIA,
the MSA and all other governing bodies for over 30 years so
they should pass muster with Brisca/BMB/BSCDA I hope. If
anybody wants a copy, I would be happy to e-mail them.
As a result of the show, I have taken half a dozen orders,
and probably as many again said they would be ordering soon.
I understand and accept that they will need to be ratified
and approved by the powers that be, possibly involving a
trial period, and I will obviously cooperate to the maximum.
Further updates will follow when appropriate.
A great day at the Motorsport With Attitude Show at
Lots of interest in the StoxSafe system, and lots of
positive comments, some orders taken and some interesting
Following a collaboration that has gone on now for almost 2
years, I am pleased to announce I will be launching the SPA
StoxSafe system, the UKís first automatic fire suppression
equipment designed specifically for use in full contact race
cars such as F1 Stock Cars and V8 Hotstox. The system will
be officially unveiled at the
Motorsport With Attitude Show at Peterborough on the
If you would like to find out more, please come and see me
on Stand 4-001 where I will have an installation example on
show, film of the system in action as well as fuel cells and
other SPA items on display.
StoxSafe stand at the Motorsport with
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