How good things can come from horrible accidents

Remember this? Felipe Massa probably doesn’t want to. During the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, a piece of metal flew off of Rubens Barrichello’s Brawn GP car and hit Massa in the head as he was on a flying lap. Had it not been for his helmet, chances are Massa would no longer be with us. Leave it to helmet companies to assess and analyze the situation to make their products safer and better for everyone involved.

The helmet you see above is the current FIA-prescribed 8860 racing helmet which is made out of carbon-fiber, weighs only 1.2 kilograms, and can resist the force of a 55-ton tank, and an 800 degree Celsius fire for up to 30 seconds! And now, if you can believe, the addition of a simple Zylon strip is set to make the FIA helmet even safer in one of its most vulnerable areas: the visor.

Placed across the top and full width of the visor, the tiny 50mm-tall strip provides extra protection without impairing the driver’s vision. Overall, the addition of the Zylon strip has added about .07kg to the visor, but its impact performance has doubled. You gotta love technology!

[Source: Formula 1]

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11 Comments on “How good things can come from horrible accidents”

  1. Marzouq Says:

    Thats fantastic! These helmets run for 1500 to 2500 KWD which is pretty steep but worth it if you use it consistently and the protection is there.

    I love Arai!

  2. Hamoud Says:

    That’s one sick looking helmet !!!
    No paint needed.


  3. First of all I love the title of this post!

    Its a great thing that they’ve learned from this accident and produced an even safer helmet.

    I love technology and I found this post inspiring.

    • el wehbi Says:

      Thanks ecletickuwaiti!

      Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 The other great thing is technologies applied in racing always manages to find their way into road cars in some shape or form, making them safer as well.

  4. ei Says:

    sorry, but wasn’t he racing for Brawn GP?

    • el wehbi Says:

      Hate to disappoint but I only mentioned two people in my post: Felipe Massa and Rubens Barrichello. One drove for Ferrari and the other for Williams F1, respectively. None were Brawn GP drivers.

  5. ei Says:

    Rubens barrichello raced for Brawn GP at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix 🙂
    100% sure of that mate

  6. el wehbi Says:

    @ei: Appreciate the support! Thank you 🙂


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