the time of writing (October 2004) the MSA Yearbook (the
"Blue Book"!) specifies the following:
Clean Flame-Resistant overalls must be worn. Flame resistant
overalls may be manufactured from Nomex III, Proban or equivalent
materials. Competitors are also strongly advised to wear Flame
Resistant gloves, socks, balaclavas and underwear."
FIA Standard overalls w.e.f. 1.1.2005
All other events
BS6249 part 1 Index A or B
FIA Standard overalls
For FIA standard overalls the homologation label will be stitched
into the fabric of the garment or on a sewn-in label. For
International use overalls must comply with FIA 8856-2000 (w.e.f.
shoes (such as trainers) should be avoided."
International racesuit specification
flame-retardant racesuit has to pass a practical test before it
can be homologated for use in FIA-organisedmotor sports events.
materials used in construction of the racesuit should pass an
international standard ISO6940 which concerns the flammability
of the composite used in the suit are tested both before and
after washing to give protection of at least 12 seconds before
2nd degree burns.
this point, the composite is twisted along the warp and the
weft. If the inner layer breaks open then the racesuit fails
International kartsuit specification:
Samples of the composite are fixed to a rig which is
spun at high speed then dropped onto the surface with a standard
force. If the fabric melts or rips apart then the kartsuit fails the
Top quality 65/35 polyester/cotton blend is strong, lightweight and
comfortable. Suitable for all applications where flame retardancy is not
500 ™ is a cloth produced by DuPont and particularly suitable for
karting use. It is light yet strong and provides protection against
abrasion in the event of an accident and complies with the latest CIK/FMK
regulations. When quilted to a lightweight towelling lining, it offers
performance, style and comfort.
A 3111 cotton proofed in the production process to resist flame to
European standard en533 - the minimum required by the MSA for
club/national events. Contrary to public opinion, Proban treatment
does NOT wash out over a period of time. Damage is more likely to occur
through bad treatment or being covered in oil - so do not work in your
racing overalls. Proban is quite a heavy fabric but gives good flame
protection at a budget price.
Developed by DuPont, this is probably the best known of all
flame-retardant fabrics. It is tested to the same rigorous standard as
Proban yet, is a much lighter fabric. Used in layers, it has excellent
thermal barrier properties and is capable of passing the strict FIA tests
for racing drivers' overalls. Nomex III is naturally flame-retardant
with no external treatment.
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