Motor sport has the power to excite and entertain millions across the world. It also has a responsibility, to its drivers, spectators and the wider public, to demonstrate the highest safety standards and to deliver the vital message that high speed belongs on the race circuit, not on the road.
Reflecting its origins, the FIA Foundation is a leading supporter of motor sport safety research. The Foundation funds projects that encourage both the rapid development of new and improved safety technologies and higher standards of education, training and post-crash care.
With a global TV audience of hundreds of millions of fans, motor sport offers a high profile platform for promoting the ‘Safe System’. Crashes happen in racing, as on the road. But the aim should be to engineer the car and circuit, and design the rules, to minimise risk of injury.
The FIA Foundation supports leading international researchers working on cutting-edge technological and engineering solutions to make motor sport safer. Since 2004, through funding to the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety & Sustainability, the Foundation has enabled improvements in areas such as high speed barriers, debris fences, wheel-tethers and crash impact testing. We have also facilitated the training of safety marshals and other officials around the world, and supported improved medical care and crash extrication training. We also collaborate directly with the world governing body for motor sport, the FIA, by supporting motor sport safety events and activities that fall within our charitable objectives.
Our work with global sport personalities helps to win a higher profile for our road safety advocacy, and also gains important audiences for messages about the appalling human impact of inappropriate speed, drink driving and failure to wear seat belts or motorcycle crash helmets.