Erebus Motorsport’s E-cell safety seat will run in one of the team’s Holden Commodores for the first time this weekend at Barbagallo.
The carbon fibre safety cell was developed by HWA in Germany ahead of the 2013 season for use in the team’s Mercedes-AMGs.
Erebus has now adapted the design to its ex-Walkinshaw Holden chassis, allowing David Reynolds to race with it this weekend.
General manager Barry Ryan says that Erebus remains convinced that the E-cell should be adopted by the whole category in future.
The design features a Styrofoam insert and gel lining between the cell and the seat, aimed at reducing the force felt by the driver in an impact.
“There are many benefits to the E-cell system over a regular racing seat when it comes to protecting the drivers in an impact,” said Ryan.
“The current generation cars are much safer than the last, as we move into Gen 2 we need to continue improving safety as a category and we believe the E-cell can be a part of that.”
After initial seat fittings at Erebus’ Melbourne workshop, Reynolds says he’s looking forward to running the seat in Perth.
The team has also made other ergonomics changes since Phillip Island, changing its anti-rollbar adjuster design to better suit its driver.
“I felt really comfortable in the E-cell straight away,” said Reynolds.
“The team has also improved the ergonomics in the cockpit around the safety cell which will help a lot during a race.
“As drivers we risk our lives every time we go out on track and I’ll certainly feel more confident of my safety with the E-cell in the car.”
Erebus’ second Holden, which is owned by the family of driver Aaren Russell, will continue to run without the E-cell at Barbagallo.