Bell Introduces Advanced Series FIA 8860 Helmets For 2016

The Bell tradition of leading the helmet industry with engineering innovations continues with Bell’s new 2016 line of Advanced Series line of FIA8860 helmets for including the HP7 and the HP5 designed for professional racers.

The 8860 or “super helmet” standard was developed by the FIA to improve overall helmet performance and safety and is known as the most severe racing helmet standard in the world. The FIA8860 specification requires the helmet to be certified to the Snell SA standard plus pass an additional single impact from 5 meters to help protect against more massive impacts and withstand a special shell hardness test to help prevent objects from penetrating the shell. Bell was the first helmet company to introduce an FIA8860 certified model in 2004. Since the initial introduction, Bell’s HP helmets have been constantly improved and the current models are a direct result of intense research and development and close collaboration with the world’s best drivers, teams and testing facilities. Test results show that in certain impacts, the Bell HP helmets absorb up to 40% more energy than standard models. 

HP7

The HP7 has been developed through close collaboration with leading F1 drivers and teams and is designed to be as aerodynamically sleek, lightweight and efficient as possible for the intense demands of open-wheel, open-cockpit forms of racing that compete at higher speeds. 

The HP7 features a high-strength, ultra-lightweight shell made using aerospace and military grade carbon made in Bell Racing’s high-pressure proprietary molding system that allows pressures twice as high as conventional autoclaves. The shell and shield design has been optimized by moving the shield pivot points to a lower position to improve acoustic comfort, aerodynamic behavior and energy absorbing capacities.

The HP7 liner system is all new featuring a multi-piece, multi-density high-impact custom bead absorbing liner with a reinforced layer of Kevlar for added protection. The helmet’s redesigned ergonomic interior incorporates multiple density comfort foams and padding to ensure the best possible fit to accommodate a variety of head shapes. 

Ventilation has been improved with the introduction of 14 air intake and extraction channels strategically placed around the shell and a duel chamber air intake, maximizing airflow around the head and the face. The HP7 has titanium hardware and an optical grade injected Double Screen Anti Fog (DSAF) shield, with variable thickness exceeding 5mm in the field of vision, setting a new standard for clarity and fog control. The shield seal has also been improved with the introduction of a hollow synthetic rubber gasket ensuring that air and water especially in wet conditions can’t penetrate into the helmet through the eyeport. The helmet’s chin guard face piece is removable, available in various thicknesses to accommodate different cheek and jaw shapes. The integrated channels in the face piece offer multiple options to install integrated drinking tube systems and radio microphone systems. 

The HP7 is available in two different versions, with or without chin bar duckbill (front spoiler). The HP7 with the front lip helps to provide aerodynamic stability in high-speed, open environments. Additional chin bar and top gurneys (sold separately) are available to customize the aerodynamic performance of the helmet.

The HP7 is certified to the Snell SA2015 and FIA8860-2010 standards and is available in an all carbon finish in sizes 7 1/8 minus (57-) to 7 5/8 plus (61+). The helmet takes the SE07 3MM shield and SV SE07 pivot system. It comes equipped with Hans Anchors, double screen anti fog visor insert and fleece lined helmet bag. The HP7 and HP7 non duckbill retail for $3,499.95 and are available in carbon finish only.

HP5 Touring

The all new HP5 Touring is intended for racers in closed car environments who use an external cooling system (not included) and want the added protection of the FIA8860 standard. The ultra-versatile HP5 Touring can be used as an all-purpose helmet, with visor peak and with available forced air attachments making it flexible and adaptable to multiple forms of racing. The HP5 Touring can also be used in an ear cup configuration with or without speakers and intercom system (sold separately). 

The HP5 Touring features a high-strength, ultra-lightweight shell made using aerospace grade carbon made in Bell Racing’s high-pressure proprietary molding system that allows pressures twice as high as conventional autoclaves. The HP5 Touring liner system is all new featuring a multi-piece, multi-density high-impact custom bead absorbing liner with a reinforced layer of Kevlar for added protection. The helmet’s redesigned ergonomic interior incorporates multiple density comfort foams and padding to ensure the best possible fit to accommodate a variety of head shapes. 

As a forced air helmet, the HP5 Touring allows racers to use the model in a side air or top air configuration. By using Bell’s innovative kit system, racers can now choose their preferred type of airflow. The helmet uses internal ventilation channels to increase pressure and accelerate airflow inside the helmet to maximize ventilation and cooling and to help prevent shield fogging.

The HP5 Touring interior features Velcro cheek pads and can be adapted for use with ear cups. Originally developed for Bell’s rally helmets, the ear cups can be incorporated into the helmet’s interior. The integrated ear cups provide a quieter environment for the driver by reducing the ambient noise transmitted to the ear. Bell has developed a specific liner and face piece to allow for the integration of the ear cups into the interior of the helmet. The ear cups feature a soft-density ear cup ring and a dense but flexible ear cup. The standard cup in 21mm thick and a thicker 25mm cup is also available. The cups install with Velcro and include spacers to adjust the fit as needed.

The HP5 Touring is certified to the Snell SA2015 and FIA8860-2010 standards and is available in an all carbon finish in sizes 7 1/8 minus (57-) to 7 5/8 plus (61+). The helmet takes a SE05 3MM shield and SV SE03/05 pivot system. It comes equipped with Hans Anchors, double screen anti fog visor insert and fleece lined helmet bag. HP5 Touring retails for $2,499.95 and is available in carbon finish only.