TECHNOLOGY Shamir Progresses Its Alpine F1 Partnership in Anticipation of the Launch of Its New Glacier Plus Metaform Manufacturing Later This Year By Staff Monday, October 25, 2021 12:27 AM SAN DIEGO—Reflecting the partnership between Shamir and the Alpine Formula 1 team, a unique optical technology collaboration announced earlier this year, as VMAIL reported, Shamir took further steps late last week to share more information about their collaboration which will be leading up to the launch in early December this year. Shamir Glacier Plus Metaform will enable the production of new revolutionary lens–enhancing AR properties through a unique manufacturing process that will soon be available on 1.74. The Shamir Glacier Plus Metaform is up to 20 percent thinner and lighter than regular minus lenses and up to 18 times stronger than the standard FDA requirements, Shamir noted. Last week, Shamir launched an educational webinar about the lenses and discussed how the Metaform properties will perform. In late summer, Shamir brought two mobile units to the race track at Zanvoort (Netherlands), one a mobile refraction unit located on the race track where the Shamir team performed eye exams for members of the Alpine F1 Team. Based on the needs of each person and their role (mechanics, engineers and others) Shamir selects the solution and design most adapted to their needs within their top performance products. The second mobile unit is a fully operational lab which can produce lenses with Metaform technology. This mobile lab is located a few kilometers away from the circuit and receives orders directly from the mobile refraction team. Full optical equipment is produced to match each person’s prescription and needs and delivered to Alpine F1 Team in a few hours. This is the first ever vision performance lab in Formula 1, providing high performance ophthalmic assessment for Alpine F1 Team and Alpine Academy drivers as well as the pit crew, pit wall and personnel at Alpine F1 Team’s bases in Enstone and Viry-Châtillon. Later this fall, Shamir will be readying additional webinars for eyecare professionals before the Shamir Glacier Metaform technology debuts in December 2021.