McLaren Develops “Invincible” Carbon Fibre Chest Shield

McLaren are always at the forefront of innovation, pushing the boundaries with everything from cars to random bits of tech. Their Applied Technologies department have now crafted a healthcare solution that utilises materials from next season’s Formula 1 car.

Aiming to protect a client’s vital organs after surgery, the wearable chest shield protects the rib cage along with a garment for the heart and lungs. Playfully titled ‘Project Invincible’, it uses a number of materials from racing in order to create solid protection from impacts.

The shield composition includes high-failure strain dyneema fibres (used in body armour), for damage containment and highly-toughened resin system with woven fabrics for impact resistance. The F1 influence comes in the form of zylon fibre which is used by all cars for side penetration protection. Combining this with extensive 3D scannings to create and build a customized structure, it’s the ultimate in body protection.

Check out the video above for more details about it’s creation.