The last few months have been hectic now that the Motorsport governing body have made the use of frontal head restraints (Hans device) mandatory from 1st January 2016 for circuit and rallying events in the UK. The new ruling has certainly caught a few people out, causing competitors to beg, steal or borrow equipment in order for them to compete. The situation has also been hampered by the bad timing of the relocation of the Bell Helmet factory which has not been able to produce FHR compatible helmets in time for the new season rush. This in turn has created a higher than envisaged demand for head protection but it has also created a general shortfall in the availability of helmets leaving some Manufacturers overstretched, but no doubt happy from the unexpected upturn in business. We have been fortunate enough to fulfill our orders, albeit some at the eleventh hour, but we are proud that we have not let anyone down and we have maintained a constant update with our customers to keep them fully informed of events.
Our experience with the FHR has so far unveiled some surprises as to what we perceived to be the most popular choice. Our expectations were the 20 degree option would be popular for saloon cars and 30 degree for single seater cars however, the Simpson Hybrid has certainly come out tops for drivers on both sides of the spectrum. The 20 degree Hans Sport 2 has been designed for the driver who sits in a more upright position, typically found in saloon cars and it has been priced rather keenly at £240 (our price £199.99). For single seater drivers the 30 degree recommendation jumps in price to a whopping £435 which made us steer towards the adjustable version which is still expensive at £408 (£365 our price) but cheaper than the static 30 degree design. The adjustable also gives the user a choice in inclination from 10 to 40 degrees, which is ideal for anyone competing in both vehicle categories. So, apart from it being cheaper it also makes sense to use this option for comfort too, after all not everyone sits in a car in exactly the same position whether it be upright or reclined! The Simpson Hybrid sport has certainly been the eye opener. It fits a bit like a "waistcoat" and is far more favorable with customers who have recurring back and neck problems, they have found it less restrictive and a lot more comfortable. It still comes at a price though at £485 (£399 our price).