Force India’s 2017 car has passed all the mandatory FIA crash tests; that’s according to chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer.
The team, which finished fourth in last year’s Constructors’ Championship, will launch their 2017 challenger on February 22, five days prior to the opening pre-season test in Barcelona.
“We’re well on our way with the car build,” Szafnauer told RACER.
“We’ve passed all of our FIA tests which is great, first try.
“All the crash tests – the roll hoop test, side intrusion test, front nose test – we’ve passed, which is great because it’s all new.”
He also revealed that this year, for the first time, Force India have built the monocoque at their Silverstone headquarters.
“For the first time ever we laminated and built the tub itself in-house, which worked really well. There’s a few tests which happen on the chassis too and we’ve passed them all.
“We always bought [the tub] in. It was laminated and manufactured with a close eye of Force India overlooking the manufacturing process but it was never in-house; this is our first year doing it in-house.”
Szafnauer believes this is yet another sign of Force India’s growth.
He added: “Yeah, because now we have control ourselves we can cut down the manufacturing time and allow more design and development time.
“So that should help – a little bit anyway – the performance of the car. The later we can leave designing the tub and some of the other components, the better off we are.”
Force India have confirmed Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon for this year’s championship with the latter competing in his first full season in the sport.