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A Race Car Crash From Hell—and the Science That Saved Its Driver

A Race Car Crash From Hell—and the Science That Saved Its Driver

Romain Grosjean’s F1 car slammed into a wall at 137 mph and burst into flames. He walked away because of decades of work by unsung scientists and engineers. A mannequin known as Thermo-Man and swathed in DuPont’s Nomex fabric demonstrates the material’s remarkable fire resistance.Courtesy of DuPont Last Sunday’s mayhem started, as mayhem often does, with just the slightest nudge. Formula One cars leapt off the starting line of the Bahrain International Circuit, clustered together to gain early position in the cramped, frenzied, critical opening lap, swerving a sharp right around the first turn like a herd of hungry […]

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