AGV have now given a name, and released technical specifications, for the new helmet design that Valentino Rossi wore for the recent MotoGP test at Jerez. Rossi first gave the world a peep at the new helmet at the Sepang test by doing a few laps wearing the AGV prototype. At that time the helmet was just referred to as ‘Project 46′, but now AGV have released information on the new lid, and Rossi wore it for the duration of the testing sessions in Jerez.
The new design is called the “AGV PistaGP” – and it was designed around the rider’s head from the inside-out. So what does that mean? It means that they used lasers to scan Rossi’s head and face and constructed the PistaGP inside to the outside (as opposed to starting with the helmet shell).
AGV said: “instead of drawing the helmet starting with the exterior shell, using a laser scan, the AGV Standards project starts with the rider’s head, whose measurements are converted into a digital format.
“These measurements are used to design the helmet, from the inside to the outside, adopting state-of-the-art digital design technologies based on CAE/CAD methods. The structural components of the helmet are designed to obtain the required performances, minimizing measurements and weights. The helmet is therefore lighter and more compact than previous ones while offering better protection, ergonomics and comfort.”
The video below shows the scanning and construction process that AGV use as part of their ‘AGV Standards’ programme:
Valentino Rossi says:
“I am very happy with the PistaGP, it feels like I am not wearing a helmet. Its aerodynamics have increased, with excellent ventilation and exaggerated visibility, like switching from the TV to the cinema.”
Lino Dainese (President of Dainese and AGV) says:
“I consider the PistaGP helmet a tribute to Gino Amisano, an entrepreneur I admired for his ability to innovate, the records he achieved, and the competitive spirit with which he faced every challenge.
“The new helmet is part of the AGV Standards project, which, in line with the qualities established by Amisano, revolutionises the way helmets are designed, setting new records for protection and ergonomics that are clearly evident. The next generation helmets arising from this project are intended to place AGV, once again, in a leading market position with its technology.”
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AGV PistaGP Helmet Technical Detail:
- The residual impact force transmitted to the head is reduced by 36% compared to the limit established by ECE regulations.
- The HIC index is 48% below the limit established by ECE regulations.
- The basic visor movement area has been reduced by 71% compared to the GP-Tech helmet. This allows use of the space saved to increase the thickness of the absorption material, benefitting safety.
- The visor is Class 1 optical standard approved for excellent vision.
- The field of vision is 15° wider and the overall visor window area has increased by 9% compared to the previous helmet, without compromising its level of protection.
- The Z-Lift index has been reduced by 44% after wind tunnel tests.
- The air intakes have almost tripled in size, whereas the entire ventilation system of the PistaGP helmet removes heat and moisture very efficiently. The padding has a 3D concave structure, which is pre- shaped according to the morphological characteristics of the head, while the surfaces in direct contact with the head are free from stitching for guaranteed comfort.
- The fit of the PistaGP helmet, covered by three patents, provides an extraordinary high level of comfort and adaptability to different shapes, unknown up to now.