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Auto Racing Suits

Racing is an exciting and daring sport, yet it can be dangerous without the proper protection. Knowing the specifications of a racing suit goes a long way in choosing one that provides the protection that a driver needs to be safe. There are many factors to consider when choosing a suit.

Why are racing suits necessary?

Racing suits are a necessity due to fire protection. The flame-retardant fabric protects your skin while racing due to high speeds and combustible liquids. In order to protect the driver as much as possible, racing suits cannot have any holes or tears. The suit must extend from the neck to ankles and both wrists.

Is it important for a racing suit to fit properly?

A proper fit is extremely important. While most are available in standard sizes, a suit can be altered to fit individual needs. A good fit is important for safety and comfort. Most suits are available in sizes small to double extra large. In order to ensure a proper fit, wear the clothes that you would normally wear under the racing suit. Then, accurately record your height and weight. Accurately record the measurements of your inseam, neck, chest, waist, hip, thigh, and arm length. Sizing charts are available as well for customer's convenience. Never wear a suit that is too small or too large.

What is Nomex?

Nomex is an aramid blend of fibers. It is strong and durable, yet extremely comfortable to wear. It is flame-resistant and provides excellent protection when racing. While the suit will never lose its flame-retardant properties, it is still recommended to replace it when it is worn thin.

How many layers should a racing suit be?

Racing suits should include as many layers as can be comfortably worn. More layers don't necessarily mean more protection for the driver. It is actually the durability of the materials that provide protection. The number of layers is a personal choice. Some common flame-retardant materials are Nomex, Proban, and Carbon-X.

What are the specifications for safety ratings?

The specifications refer to the level of flame retardance. The thermal protective performance (TPP) value determines how many seconds it would take for skin to endure a second-degree burn when protected with the material. The higher the rating is, the more protection it provides. Most racing suits have a rating of at least SFI 3.2A/5. This provides a TPP value of 19, meaning it would take 10 seconds for the skin to endure a second-degree burn.

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