We got this email from one of our customer’s in France who is an avid race car driver. His email was thanking us for the parts we had sold him, not because they look great on his car (although they do). But because those parts helped save his life. Here’s the email he sent us,
I’m completely a fan of your page. I live in France and bought a carbon intake from you for my 997 gt3 mkII. Unfortunately this, (the video below,) is what happened on the Catalunya F1 track last week. There was oil on the track, and I crashed my GT3 at more than 160 MPH. I’m safe, thanks to the car and the walls of the track (shock absorption). I want to show your fans my video, because that shows that a car prepared (roll bar, harness, buckets) can save lives. I will invest in a Hans system.”
The Hans System is a invaluable product to any real racer. The HANS device (Head and Neck Support) was developed to prevent neck injuries and skull fractures by restraining your head from snapping forward in the event of an accident. The HANS device is a semi-hard collar made of carbon fiber and Kevlar. It is held onto the upper body by a harness worn by the driver. Two flexible tethers on the collar are attached to the helmet to prevent the head from snapping forward or to the side during a wreck.
If you watch the video you can see during the crash where a HANS device would have come in handy. With all that said, we are happy that he was able to walk away from the wreck without any serious injuries. This isn’t a PSA on safety but it’s important to equip your car and yourself when doing any kind of racing. If you’re interested in learning more about making your race car safe email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Racing’s only fun if you’re alive to enjoy it, race smart!