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SWEMS - Suspension Wheel/Energy Management System

SWEMS - Suspension Wheel/Energy Management System

Suspension Wheel/Wing Energy Management System (SWEMS) restraints are attached at multiple points to a car’s chassis, suspension and wings to minimize the possibility of parts becoming detached during high-speed accidents.

Located on each wheel assembly, the rear wing and nose cone, each restraint, with their high-tensile Zylon material and wound construction, has a break load of 100 kilonewtons (kN), which equals 22,480 pound-force. INDYCAR introduced SWEMS in 1999.

Visual inspection of the restraints is part of the initial safety inspection on event weekends.

If any of the four corners sustain an impact, the rulebook mandates changing the SWEMS on the affected corner.