Sunday, July 03, 2011

Dainese D-Air Racing suit sets new standards in motorcycle rider protection

The Dainese D-Air Racing suit, developed with inputs from Valentino Rossi and other MotoGP riders, is the most advanced rider protection system currently available...
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The result of more than a decade of development work, the Dainese D-Air racing suit is now available to purchase in Europe. ‘The high-tech suit not only operates as a protection device but it is also an impressive trackday tool. Developed with the help of motorcycle racers like Valentino Rossi, Marco Simoncelli and Leon Haslam, the D-air Racing works in synergy with existing armour in race suits and gives airbag protection to shoulders, and improves protection in the neck and upper chest area,’ says a press release from the company.

The D-Air’s electronics identify a fall or slide and immediately send a trigger signal to the gas generator in the hump of the suit, which activates the internal airbag that inflates within 30 millieseconds. D-Air Racing has a patented 3D airbag structure, which provides the rider with controlled airbag expansion. It is the only airbag suit on the current market that works wirelessly without any connection to a motorcycle.

In addition to its safety features, the D-Air Racing suit also features data acquisition software (developed by German company 2D, which also supplies software to some of the top teams in MotoGP and F1) that provides riders with an effective tool to monitor their riding performance. With this software, the suit records telemetry data, which can be downloaded and displayed on a computer. Functions include recording lap time data, assessment of braking spaces and lines through bends. Acceleration data is also available and the system is compatible with Google Earth, which enables plotting of racing lines on a mini map.

According to Dainese, the D-Air Racing system is so innovative and advanced that current European standards are only partially able to meet its certification needs. Hence, TÜV SÜD were required to develop new testing methods for the D-Air Racing system, which goes far beyond the existing standards. The suit can be customised to customers’ specific needs, with custom colours, additional names, logos and messages. Prices start from £2,409 for a standard suit and, depending on customisation, can go up to £3,240.

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