Formula One helmets are tougher than bad steak at a cheap restaurant you knew looked sketchy but went to anyway, as shown by YouTube video upon YouTube video of people trying to break them with sledgehammers and other weaponry. But they don’t get to that point without some ridiculous testing requirements. The FIA, the governing body for F1 and dozens of other international racing series, announced Wednesday that there will be a new mandatory helmet for the F1 in 2019 and that it’ll be required in other championships soon after. The FIA said it worked with multiple helmet manufacturers to come up with the new helmet standard, “including advanced ballistic protection, increased energy absorption and an extended area of protection for drivers.” Intense. It’s now up to those companies to make production versions in time for next season. To meet those standards, the helmets had to go through a thorough beating by hand tools, weights dropped from high above and actual weaponry. There don’t appear to be any videos of testing on the new helmet online—only the typical overdramatic reveal, which is above—but there are plenty of informal attempts to destroy older F1 helmets on YouTube. But words definitely do the testing justice. Here’s what the 2019 helmet had to go through, from the FIA, emphasis ours: – Standard impact: Helmet impact at 9.5m/s. Peak deceleration on ‘driver’s head’ shall not exceed 275G. – Low velocity impact: Helmet impact at 6m/s. Peak deceleration shall not exceed 200G with a maximum… [Read full story]
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