By the mid-1990s the first technical apparel line was designed and launched, and in 1999 Alpinestars began development of high-performance road racing leather suits. Carlos Checa was the first MotoGP rider to test Alpinestars suits in the premier category and has continued to help in development testing, alongside many other notable names, ever since.
When your typical day involves speeding up over 200 miles per hour around the racetrack, safety is paramount. In Formula series races, accidents can be fatal, so that the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile or the International Federation of Automobiles) enforces strict regulations to ensure that drivers are well protected.
Drivers' clothing must be flame retardant to help protect them in the event of a fire. Materials are subjected to rigorous open flame tests in laboratories. An artificial fabric called Nomex is widely used because it has excellent fire-resistant properties and is very lightweight. Modern driver suits are usually made from two to four layers of Nomex. They are thoroughly tested before use to ensure that they can withstand between 600 and 800 degrees Celsius. To be suitable for help, the inside of the suit must not exceed 41 degrees Celsius for at least 11 seconds when exposed to such heat. Likewise, zips must also be able to withstand high temperatures so that the driver's skin is not melted or burned.
Even the threads that stitch the suit together must be fire-resistant, as do any patches such as those of the sponsors, although they tend to be printed on them, which has helped reduce the race suit's weight by more than 500 grams. Ensuring that the suits are lightweight helps keep drivers comfortable so that they can perform at their best. Another essential feature is the ability to breathe; due to intense physical exercise, drivers can lose a few kilos of sweat during the race, so it is vital for their comfort that this moisture can escape.
The Hypertech v2 is a super lightweight and breathable two-layer suit with an athletic fit, designed and developed for drivers looking for professional levels of racing performance. The Hypertech v2 also meets the much stricter requirements of the new FIA Standard 8856-2018 while still managing to maintain its incredible lightweight feel; weighing in at an impressive 265g/sqm.
The outer shell is constructed from an aramidic Nomex anti-static outershell that provides optimal heat and flame resistance, while maintaining the lightest possible weight, while the new internal lining is an innovative aramidic knit, that again meets the new FIA standard.
The suit also incorporates thin, stretchable, superlight panels developed exclusively for Alpinestars which maximize the comfort levels on offer and also allows the suit to regulate the body temperature to optimum levels. These F1 derived stretch panels are strategically placed at the elbow area, lower back and sides, crotch and knee zones and provide excellent levels of flexibility and freedom of movement in all the key mobility areas.
In 1963, a leather craftsman named Sante Mazzarolo brought forth a future icon. Mr. Mazzarolo, headquartered in the small northern Italian town of Asolo and with the perennial Alpine star flower as its name suggests, began producing the first products bearing the Alpinestars moniker. At that time a new sport called motocross was building up and becoming quite popular across Europe. Aware of the sport, Sante realized the opportunity to use his talents and technical acumen to design a new type of footwear that would meet the protection needs and demands of this beautiful yet brutal form of athleticism. The revolutionary boot produced by Mr. Mazzarolo would become an archetype for the protection of the motocross.
Alpinestars has been the world's leading manufacturer of professional racing products, airbag protection for motorcycling, high-performance clothing and technical footwear since its inception in 1963. Alpinestars understands that the best design and research can be achieved under extreme conditions. Our involvement in Formula 1, NASCAR, AMA and World Motocross and MotoGP has led to the creation of the most advanced technical equipment for the world's top athletes.
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