Pressure sensors made mandatory in V8s

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Apr 15, 2015, 6:22 AM

V8 Supercars will introduce mandatory tyre pressure sensors from the next round in Perth onwards.

Craig Lowndes, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden
Rick Kelly, Nissan Motorsport
Mark Winterbottom, Prodrive Racing Australia Ford
Scott Pye, Team Penske Ford

The sensors, made by Beru f1 Systems, will supply live tyre pressure data back to the pit-wall, and are to be introduced to help the category monitor a 17 psi minimum tyre pressure limit that was introduced after three tyre failures at the Perth round in 2014.

The system will also help play its part in the safety of the drivers, with teams able to properly monitor, and detect, a deflating tyre before an accident occurs.

"When we as a category are in a position to improve the way we monitor the compliance of a rule, in this 17 psi, we will adopt what is available to us," Damien White, director of sport and operation at V8 Supercars, told Motorsport.com.

"With the testing of the system successfully completed in the early part of this year, the timing was right.

"The by-product is for the drivers and teams to be able to monitor and detect a deflating tyre, which should minimuse the potential for a deflating tyre to cause an accident."

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Series Supercars
Drivers Damien White
Author Andrew van Leeuwen