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BackNBlackSVT 05-24-2007 08:22 PM

Auto x Helmets
 
What types of helmets are required for Auto X driving? I'm sure DOt approved but can motorcycle helmets be used or do you need a race specific helmet only to participate. And how about someone who is starting out and not a profeesional competitor.

SpeedOften 05-24-2007 08:57 PM

m2000 is the minimum for autocross.. if you plan on running some HPDE's or some road courses however, you'll need a SA..

eventerke 05-24-2007 09:26 PM

Here's what I got:

http://www.saferacer.com/gfopfasahe.html

WeeAsp 05-25-2007 05:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BackNBlackSVT (Post 1597624)
What types of helmets are required for Auto X driving? I'm sure DOt approved but can motorcycle helmets be used or do you need a race specific helmet only to participate. And how about someone who is starting out and not a profeesional competitor.

Correct.

Your best bet is to go with an SA helmet. If you go the M (Motorcycle) route, most big tracks will not allow you to use it. The bigest reasons are construction and the inclusion of Nomex (fireproof material).

The G-force helmet that eventerke showed is good for AX. However, for road course, I would recommend a full face with a collar.

Even in AX, the collar is useful ($25 from Simpson) as it takes the weight of the helmet off of your neck and your head doesn't wobble all over during hard cornering.

I use the new Bell M4. I am a die hard Bell customer and always will be.

I love their slogan. "Got a $10 head? Then buy a $10 helmet..."

The great irony is that Bell is a subsidiary of the American Casket Corporation...[shhh]

The biggest thing about choosing a helmet is fit. It should be comfortable and squeeze your cheeks (full face) some. All helmets fit differently, so it is important for you to try them on before purchasing.

Good luck !!

jinstall 06-04-2007 04:21 AM

I use a M helmet for Auto-X and for driving on the Ring. When I can finally save up enough I will have a FIA spec helmet but will cost me about $1000 :(

WeeAsp 06-05-2007 07:50 AM

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Originally Posted by jinstall (Post 1611406)
I use a M helmet for Auto-X and for driving on the Ring. When I can finally save up enough I will have a FIA spec helmet but will cost me about $1000 :(

Are you going with an Arai?

Helmets can get pretty expensive. One thing to look for on your FIA Spec is whether the helmet is designed for open cockpit use. If so, then your cost will go close to $1000. There are other FIA approved helmets that run in the $600 - $700 range.

jinstall 06-07-2007 02:24 AM

No Sparco is what I am looking at. Here FIA is the standard used for motorsports. Helmets are much more than in the US. Same with the HANS Device, they begin about $2000 here.

WeeAsp 06-07-2007 10:18 AM

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Originally Posted by jinstall (Post 1616117)
No Sparco is what I am looking at. Here FIA is the standard used for motorsports. Helmets are much more than in the US. Same with the HANS Device, they begin about $2000 here.

*low whistle*

That is steep.

Just for reference, I have a buddy of mine looking into it, but at one time, Arai made the helmets for SPARCO.

Not sure if that's true anymore, but he is going to get back to me. If it is the case, might be able to save a few bucks.

FYI - I love the Clio. That is a fun car to drive.

jinstall 06-07-2007 01:00 PM

With 175/65/14 on it it really takes the curves well. You can really push it without things getting complicated quickly.

GaryS 06-07-2007 01:35 PM

Calm down people he is only asking about helmets for autocross.

Quote:

Originally Posted by BackNBlackSVT (Post 1597624)
What types of helmets are required for Auto X driving? I'm sure DOt approved but can motorcycle helmets be used or do you need a race specific helmet only to participate. And how about someone who is starting out and not a profeesional competitor.

For Solo the SCCA requires helmets with a Snell rating, either M, SA or K. The most common brand you will find worn by competitors at the SCCA Solo Nationals is HJC. You can find them at most motorcycle shops where you will be able to try them on (very important). Whichever Helmet you buy make sure it has the Snell sticker inside the helmet. It will not pass tech inspection otherwise.

I have a Bell and an HJC and I find I am using the HJC in more events because it is just more comfortable.

Good luck.


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