Billy Monger tests Formula 1 car

Billy Monger took the wheel of a Formula 1 car, thanks to Tour-De-Force, a year after his dramatic accident.

Double amputee Billy Monger carried out his first test in a Formula 1 car, modified by motorsport engineering specialist TDF (Tour-De-Force). Carlin (Monger’s F3 team), stunt driver Terry Grant and Heritage F1 all had a hand in getting Monger behind the wheel of a 2011 Sauber C30. 

During the third round of the 2017 British Formula 4 championship Monger endured a crash with life-changing consequences. Just 17 years old at the time, the British racing driver rear-ended an unsighted, stationary car on track and had both of his legs amputated as a result.

> Volkswagen ID R smashes Pikes Peak record

However, post-recovery, Monger returned to racing in the 2018 British Formula 3 series, in spite of his injuries, with his ambition to become an F1 driver still intact. A few days ago, he got the first taste of that goal by driving an F1 car at Rockingham.

 Tour-De-Force – ‘one of the few companies in the world capable of supporting a V10-era F1 car’ – modified the Sauber C30, supplied by Heritage F1, to accommodate Monger’s unique, controls-based requirements. A custom pedal box was machined so Monger could meter out brake inputs accurately with his prosthetic leg, and a clutch paddle on the steering wheel was repurposed as the throttle.

Talking about the changes, Matt Faulks and Rick Noel of TDF, said: ‘We had the test to make sure Billy could comfortably drive the car and dial in the right amount of steering angle and apply the right amount of brake pressure.’

> New rules for endurance racing’s top class in 2020

The hardware and technology is ‘bolt-in, bolt-out’ according to TDF, hence can be fitted to a variety of Formula cars, with the provision for customisation to meet the requirements of other drivers. Faulks and Noel confirmed TDF are ‘keen to push the technology’ in the belief it can help injured drivers to continue to participate in motorsport.

More tests for Monger are in the pipeline, with the initial shakedown serving to confirm he is comfortable driving the car, as detailed by Faulks and Noel: ‘Billy is confident, technically very capable and his feedback is very good.’ Regarding further tests, the pair went on to say ‘there’s potential to break UK and European lap records’ with Billy and that a ‘Guinness World Record’ was on the cards, too. 

Most Popular

Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae sold out – V12 supercar calls it a day, for now
Lamborghini Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae
Lamborghini Aventador

Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae sold out – V12 supercar calls it a day, for now

The final Aventador Ultimae and next year’s Countach are now spoken for, calling the end of fresh orders for Lambo’s V12 models
21 Oct 2021
2022 Range Rover previewed before reveal next week
Range Rover teaser
Land Rover Range Rover

2022 Range Rover previewed before reveal next week

A new era for the Range Rover is about to be revealed, with new engines, tech and styling
20 Oct 2021
Used car deals of the week
Used car deals Oct 20 21
Features

Used car deals of the week

Here's what caught evo’s fancy this week on the second hand car market
20 Oct 2021