After a decade of research, the International Automobile Federation presented a new helmet which will be mandatory in the F1 starting next season and which can then be used in other categories. The objective of the FIA with this development was to create a standard to be met by the manufacturers of this vital safety element for the practice of motor sport.
Under homologation FIA 8860-2018, the helmet withstands shocks of 9.5 meters per second and decelerations of 275 G, deflects a 225 gram metal projectile at 250 km / h, withstands flames at temperatures of 790 degrees Celsius and has a visor that withstands the impact of a 1.2 pellet grams fired from an air pistol.
“Today's high-end helmets are the safest in the world, but the new guideline will take them to the next level. In all of our safety investigations we continually strive to improve and that is why we are requiring all manufacturers to meet this strict standard for our championships. " assured Laurent mekies, FIA security director.
Throughout the research program, the governing body worked closely with brands such as Stylus, Bell racing, Schuberth y Arai. Now it is up to them to deliver the production versions for the next season of the Maximum in a timely manner.
In the new helmet the top of the visor opening lowered by 10 mm to incorporate advanced ballistic protection that achieves unprecedented levels of safety during debris impact. As well protection zones were expanded on the sides to offer compatibility with different head restraints for optimal energy transfer. While advanced compounds were used for its construction to ensure resistance to crushing and penetration.
"This will be the most advanced helmet model in the world without any doubt", assured Stephane cohen, director of Bell Racing Helmets.