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Originally Posted by Crzylizard
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Originally Posted by MR Turco
Well look, I already told you! I deal with the ******* members so the admins don't have to! I have people skills! I am good at dealing with people! Can't you understand that? What the hell is wrong with you people?
Drives: 2005 Lancer Evolution VIII (nice and stock); Mazda B3000 pick-up
Originally Posted by straylight9
Am looking into doing my 1st HPDE soon and have a couple motorcycle helmets, but not one meant for car use.
Are there major differences between the 2 types of helmets so I'd want to buy
one for automotive events? Thanks.
Your best bet is to indeed get a new helmet meant for High Performance Driving as I am imagining thats what your event is going to be in... unfortunately I will now explain why... feel free to ignore the rest of this reply...
1) Let me first say to get a helmet that is SNELL certified which would mean that it has gone through some rigorous testing (atleast rigorous in terms of helmet testing) which would hold it to higher standards.
2) All helmets go through routine testing that would ideally simulate the normal stresses a praticular helmet would go through. For instance, all helmets that are SNELL certified will go though a test which would assess how well it distributes energy from an impact. However, certain helmets go through more or less rigorous testing depending on the use.
3) For car racing helmets in particular, SNELL will go through an extra flammability test which motorcycle helmets will not. Racing helmets will also go through a rollbar impact test.
4) I also "believe" that autoracing helmets have a thicker shield, but this I am not positive of.
I am no professional driver, but I took a course while I was persuing my engineering degree that hit briefly upon the subject of analyzing testing methods for helmets. All this information can be found on the SNELL website and I would imagine would also been on the DOT website as well.
Just remember, it's always your safest bet to go with a SNELL certified helmet that was designed specifically for what you are going to use it for.
Drives: GG IX MR, '01 B5 S4, '91 Miata, '03 Evo VIII - Sold!
The M rated helmets are typically designed for one major impact. The SA rated helmets are (as biomedman stated) designed for roll cage impacts, namely multiple major impacts as your car is flipping through the air.
There are other issues, such as visibility, that come into play, so a SA rated helment may not work for motorcycle applications because of a smaller eye opening.
If you plan on tracking a good bit and like your head find a SA2005 that you will be able to use for years to come. I know some places have loaner helmets for your first day or two so you can make sure you like what your getting into. How many track days see folks leave half way in and never come back? Why buy a new helmet unless your sure?
Where at.. any good places online where one could look at helemets and purchase.. also if possible.. any place that can produce a custom helmet.. reffering to drawing only.. not specs.. just thought it be cool to customize my own helmet with my design.
I know the topic is quite old, but please let me make a comment.
I am a helmet graphic designer, and I am a fan of helmets. I used to design on different types of helmets, and I know from my customers, that motorcycle and car racing helmets are quite different. So I think safety is first, and helmet should be taken seriously.
By the way, I read about designs, if you are interested, please take a look at my website, I created more than 40 designs in 3D, and I would be happy for any critics or comments by you
hey i am from Hungary too , but i am living in the states cool website you have
Originally Posted by razorlab
This guy isn't racing, he is doing track events. This guy isn't racing in championships or anything like that, nor is he a "big race team", nor is it a "hard core race car":
Ted Theodore, CCR-SCCA Board of Director
" People under estimate Rob and that Evo. They are in for a surprise. 5th fastest car last year... but all his runs were in the wet Saturday while all else ran Sunday on the dry."
Your helmet choice will depend on your racing club's' guidelines. Usually something like a solo event/ autocross only requires DOT certification. Anything racing bumper to bumper or with crashes a possibility usually want SNELL or ECE ratings current.