1977-02-01

Automotive Fuel Fed Fire-a Preventative Approach 770170

The Autodelta group of Alfa Romeo has examined the contribution of fuel tanks to the risks of fuel fed automotive fires. Preliminary work has been done with Formula 1 and Prototype racing machines to determine the basic practicalities, weight penalties, effectiveness and cost/benefit. The motor-sports area was chosen for first application, since there are statistics available indicating a need for investigation.
Accurate data on passenger vehicle crash induced fuel fed fires is scarce and of questionable value as to the cause/effect relations, since there is no standardized method of reporting that yields significant information either in Europe or the U.S.A.

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