A Formula 1 safety belt evolves quickly through the seasons, just as every device used in the main motorsport series. OMP, though, has raised the bar even more dramatically, when the Dyneema safety belt broke through becoming (and still being) a favorite for many teams and drivers. Let’s compare it with the first ever safety belt directly developed by OMP, Robert Kubica’s “Formula” (2010).
The main difference between the two harnesses is the weight, which is also the real “obsession” in F1. Polyester was the best choice until 2010, but the weight of a belt was 900 grams.
OMP conceived the Dyneema safety belt to reduce drastically the weight compared to the old Formula: the total weight is now 480 grams.
The crotch straps must pass through the groin area, that are obviously delicate. A problem with relatively hard polyester while soft material attenuates the friction between harness and those areas so Dyneema, with its softness, has had a big success from the get-go.