AutoRacing1.com has run numerous articles on
the HANS Device. These and other safety articles can be
found on our
Racing Safety page. In this latest article, new
graphics are presented that explain how the HANS Device works.
CART took the lead on this safety device, and
has mandated it for all circuits. F1 will mandate it
starting in 2003 and NASCAR mandated it or the Hutchens Device
as well. The IRL remains the only major racing
sanctioning body not to mandate it, and its drivers are at
greatest risk due to the concrete walls at every track.
AR1 feels their refusal to mandate it is a downright travesty.
CART, Team KOOL Green drivers Dario Franchitti
and Paul Tracy will utilize the HANS (Head And Neck Support)
device during all testing, practice, and races during the 2002
season, as mandated by safety conscious. The device,
which is worn on the upper body under the shoulder belts, is
connected to the helmet by two flexible tethers which allow
normal movement of the head (left, right, up, and down), but
limit extreme head motions and neck loads. The safety effects
of the HANS device can be significant during a high-speed
impact, as indicated by the diagrams below.
Graphic courtesy of TKG
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