Last-man out Mostert crunched the exit concrete at Turn 11 after he clipped the inside wall, and the chassis was initially declared a write-off.
After sheetmetal was replaced, the chassis was resurrected, and the car returned to the track with Jack Le Brocq last season.
With the new Gen3 chassis, though, teams of all personnel sizes and budgets will have a greater chance of returning the car to the track.
“The two chassis that everybody has seen are absolutely identical in every regard,” he said.
“The only thing that will obviously be different will be how we attach the bodywork to each car.
The Triple Eight-built chassis
“For the whole pit lane, the parts that you’ve seen will be the same for every competitor across both brands.
“You have to make sure that the car crumples in the right places.
“We have a lot of very clever people, from some clever and well resourced teams, who do FEA and other structural analysis before we come up with a design.
“All those things were taken into account and are an integral part of the design process.”
Already, the new chassis have passed crash tests, which Burgess said was testament to the hard work which has gone into the design.
The PACE-built chassis
While crashes will remain a part of racing, Burgess was hopeful the grid size won’t shrink mid-meeting should a competitor strike trouble.
“The chassis has already been through its crash test; these days, the crash tests are virtual,” he said.
“We used to throw a crazy amount of weight at them on a sled system to make sure the driver is protected, which resulted in destroying the chassis, but we can now do that in the virtual world.
“We work very closely with Motorsport Australia and the FIA, to make sure we keep our chassis design up to, and above, the latest directives on chassis construction and safety requirements from the FIA.
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"All that work is done through simulation and FEA analysis, and the chassis has already passed those tests.
“A lot of work has gone on across the last 12 to 16 months, and there’s a lot of work still to be done.
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