Bell Introduces RS7 for 2016

The Bell tradition of developing leading-edge, next-generation helmets continues with the introduction of the RS7 in 2016. Based on the advanced 8860 HP7 model, developed through close collaboration with leading F1 drivers and teams, the RS7 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 RS7 features a lightweight carbon composite shell, advanced styling and redesigned interior that provides maximum comfort. The shell and shield design has been optimized by moving the shield pivot pointer to a lower position to improve acoustic comfort, aerodynamic behavior and energy absorbing capacities. The RS7 liner system is all new featuring a multi-piece, multi-density high-impact custom bead absorbing liner. 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, maximizing airflow around the head and the face. A duel chamber air intake is available as an accessory item (not included) for drivers who prefer added direct ventilation. The RS7 has 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 RS7 is sold without chin bar duckbill (front spoiler). Additional chin bar and top gurneys (sold separately) are available to customize the aerodynamic performance of the helmet. 

The RS7 is certified to the Snell SA2015 and FIA8859-2015 standards and is available in white and regular matte black finish in sizes 7 1/8 (57) to 7 5/8 (61+). The helmet takes the SE07 3MM shield which features the SV SE07 pivot system with thumb tab on the driver’s left side to allow for easy shield operation. It comes equipped with double screen anti fog visor insert and helmet bag. The RS7 retails for $799.95.