Choosing a Motorsport Helmet
We think it’s safe to say that few sports are as thrilling as motor racing. Whether you’re an amateur karting enthusiast or an aspiring pro racing driver who competes regularly, there’s nothing that gets your adrenaline pumping like the rumble of the engine on full-throttle and hitting the apex perfectly.
However, before you can drive onto a racing track, you need to invest in proper safety gear and apparel. In the world of high-speed racing, body protection is a must—and this is where the helmet takes center-stage.
You’ll notice that purpose-designed racing helmets look much different than your regular riding helmets. Motorsport helmets are much more robust and come with a variety of additional features.
The following is a brief guide to choosing the right motorsport helmet.
The Features You Should Look For
- Helmet Shell Material
The material has a significant influence on various factors, including the helmet’s safety rating, weight, and comfort. High-quality racing helmets are made from various materials, including:
- Carbon fiber (lightest and most expensive): distributes energy evenly across the helmet’s surface upon impact.
- Fiberglass composite: splits, crushes and flexes as it absorbs energy
- EPS: densely-compressed foam-like material with a shock-absorbing inner shell.
- Polycarbonate: highly flexible with excellent shock-absorbing capabilities.
- Helmet Weight
The weight of a typical racing helmet ranges between 1400 and 1800 grams. High-quality racing helmets are designed to distribute the weight evenly around the driver’s head and shoulders. If the helmet’s center of gravity is skewed, even a lightweight helmet can feel bulky and uncomfortable.
- Comfort features
Modern racing helmets feature numerous high-tech features that are geared to enhance the driver’s comfort. These include wind reduction measures, drinking apparatus, integrated sunshades, and more.
- Additional Safety Features
The motorsport safety gear industry has evolved significantly in the last couple of decades, and that tech-driven evolution is reflected in today’s high-end motorsport helmets. Modern motorsports helmets come with a wide array of advanced safety technologies, such as emergency cheek-pad systems which make helmet removal easier, so medical personnel have easier access to an injured driver’s head.
Leading motorsport helmet manufacturers, such as Bell Racing, are offering other high-tech helmet safety features, such as MIPs (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System)—a cutting-edge slip-plane technology placed inside the helmet that decreases rotational forces caused by certain impacts.
Fitting has a major effect on how safe a helmet is. The first step in getting the right helmet is determining your head size. Here’s how you can do that:
- Measure the circumference of your head by wrapping a measuring tape two centimeters above your eyebrows.
- Compare your size to the helmet specifications provided by manufacturers to find a match.
- Try on the helmet before using it. If you can fit your finger between your head and helmet, or it moves around too much, you’ll need a smaller size.
Here at Fast Racer, we offer premium-quality carbon fiber racing helmets from leading motorsport safety manufacturers such as Stilo and Bell. Browse through our collection of high-quality carbon fiber helmets to find one that suits you best.