2018 FIA Harnesses

As of December 31 2017 all manufacturers will be required to produced harnesses built to FIA's latest homologation - FIA 8853-2016. This doesn't mean you cannot use harnesses that were produced before this date. They are still good until December 31 of their expiration year. - see your belt tags. However, it does mean that come 2023 all harnesses will be built/tested to this standard.

Sabelt was the first manufacturer to produce harnesses built/tested to this standard. You will find that that the standard now does not certify shoulder harnesses that change from 2" to 3" to accommodate the H&N devices. For the FIA H&N certification the shoulder strap remains 2" throughout. Why - because the harnesses now have to survive 70 g-force impacts and we are told the 2" - 3" link/buckle slipped under these forces.

Manufacturers will still be selling their 'older' style models built to the FIA 8853-1998 homologation. And that's OK, because they will have been produced before December 31 2017. However, we suspect, as 2018 progresses, you will see some discounts. What to do? Buy a 2018 FIA 8853-2016 harness whose tags will not expire until December 31 2023 (that's 6 race seasons.) Or accept a shortened date with a discount. For example, we are selling excellent FIA 8853-1998 harnesses - prices starting at $149.00. The Sabelt FIA 8853-2016 Saloon harnesses start at $295.00

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MAGLOCK AIR

Found at PRI - the Maglock Air. It is a new tool for enabling quick(er) driver, vehicle exits. Obviously good news for race teams where seconds win or lose racers. Just as important is how this technology can speed driver extraction in those worse case scenarios.

The Maglock Air offers a forced air connection system that securely connects to the helmet using 30lbs of magnetic tensile force. The airtight connection is easily broken with a small amount of angled pressure (10lbs) using just one hand. The technology is in the process of being patented. The kit price starts at $299. Expensive - maybe - put the benefits are obvious. The company is working in conjunction with Bell Helmets - which means they are readily available to us. 

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Sabelt's new 2018 GT-Pad seat

We are intrigued by this seat. Sabelt calls it their 'modular' seat. We know that in this business one size never fits all, but this GT-PAD seat keeps the same sized shell, offering size (and color) variables through the use of multiple pad kits. The pad kits can also be customized (foam thickness and graphics) upon request.

Has Sabelt found an answer for those endurance racing teams with multiple drivers? We also have plenty of customers who share their vehicle(s.) Shared between husband and wives, fathers and daughters/sons. 

Sabelt says they have collaborated with leading GT and WTC teams to achieve the optimal shell design and the strategic placement of the padding. This is in addition to their own intensive CAD simulations and driver testing. To increase safety Sabelt has followed the FIA 8862-2009 (advanced seat) homologation for the shoulder and hip design. 

The modular padding system/placement offers other benefits. The gaps and channeling around the pads allows more airflow around the body so increasing the seats breathability. As a result the  driver will be more comfortable driver and cooler.  Comfortable drivers (that is not distracted) are better and safer drivers. 

We have pre-ordered a GT-PAD seat for our showroom. The seat sells at a very competitive $895! The full details are listed on our seat product page. Contact us if you want to know whether the GT-PAD is right for your vehicle.

 

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Sally Wadsworth