US Debris Fence Receives Highest Recognition of Safety

30 Ноябрь 2023

- Mobile debris fence made for US motorsport approved by FIA
- Swiss company Geobrugg offering leading fencing solutions to American markets
- Rigorous tests passed to achieve FIA homologation

The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) has certified a new mobile debris fence from Geobrugg which is dedicated for use in US motor racing championships such as Indycar and NASCAR.  The 12-foot mobile debris fence system is slightly shorter than those used in global championships such as Formula One, so it is tailored to the measurement systems in place across American tracks.

It was created to meet the growing demand for innovative safety solutions for American race tracks, particularly for street circuits. It has already been used at Indycar’s Music City Grand Prix in Nashville and the Detroit Grand Prix venue, as well as NASCAR’s maiden street race in Chicago earlier this year. 

The fence has been homologated to FIA Standard 3502-2018, the highest level of fence safety achievable from the world motorsport’s governing body. To achieve this, it was put through a series of demanding tests, including firing a 780kg sphere from a cannon at 60kph and a full-size car impacting at 150kph, making sure it stays within a 3-metre impact zone.  
Mobile debris fences are particularly useful for street courses as they enable a smooth build and pack-up, with the fences and barriers being easily transferable between destinations. While the system is designed to be used at street and city circuits, it can be adopted at permanent circuits, especially those that require the flexibility to move fences to meet the run-off area requirements of different racing series. 

Geobrugg’s various solutions already have a significant presence around the globe. This year, they can be found at 16 Formula 1 venues, including all three American events in Las Vegas, Miami and Austin. The Swiss company has also started to branch out into private tracks and car clubs including Miami’s Concours Club, providing a safe playground for car enthusiasts. 

Jochen Braunwarth, Director of Motorsport Solutions, Geobrugg said: «The US is a special market for us at Geobrugg with our business growing year-on-year in the region. The need for homologated solutions has grown, giving Geobrugg the push to create this special 12ft US mobile debris fence solution, which can suit a range of American racing series.»   

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For further info, contact: Jochen Braunwarth

About Geobrugg 
Geobrugg AG develops and manufactures protection systems made of high-tensile steel wire. These systems protect against natural hazards such as rockfall, landslides, debris flow, and avalanches. They ensure safety in mining and tunnelling, and on motorsport circuits to stop impacts from falling or flying objects. Geobrugg has more than 400 specialists worldwide, production facilities on five continents, as well as branches and partners in over 50 countries.