Force India's 2017 F1 car passes crash tests

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Force India has announced its 2017 Formula One car, the VJM10, has passed all of the mandatory crash tests at the first attempt.

F1's rules state each team must pass stringent FIA crash tests before they can run their cars on-track in pre-season testing, which begins on February 27 at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.

Speaking to Racer, Force India's chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer confirmed the Silverstone-based outfit had passed all the required tests at the first time of asking, using an inaugural factory-made tub at the team's headquarters.

"We're well on our way with the car build," Szafnauer said. "We've passed all of our FIA tests which is great, first try. All the crash tests -- the roll hoop test, side intrusion test, front nose test -- we've passed, which is great because it's all new.

"For the first time ever we laminated and built the tub itself in-house, which worked really well. There's a few tests which happen on the chassis too and we've passed them all. We always bought [the tub] in.

"It was laminated and manufactured with a close eye of Force India overlooking the manufacturing process but it was never in-house; this is our first year doing it in-house."

Force India recorded its best-ever F1 finish in 2016, securing fourth place in the constructors' championship standings ahead of Williams. Szafnauer says the team's success last year, and added manufacturing capacity, has helped Force India become more efficient in its development time.

"Now we have control ourselves we can cut down the manufacturing time and allow more design and development time. So that should help -- a little bit anyway -- the performance of the car. The later we can leave designing the tub and some of the other components, the better off we are."

Earlier this week Force India announced it will reveal its 2017 challenger at Silverstone on February 22. You can keep up to date with all the team's launch plans as they happen here.