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The AGV STANDARDS project, established in 2009 with Valentino Rossi as its leading rider, is ready to get on the track with the first AGV Pista GP helmet. The AGV Pista GP sets new performance standards with its wide field of vision, low weight and compact dimensions, extensive ventilation, exclusive ergonomic design and class-leading aerodynamics.
Development of the AGV Pista began by taking measurements of riders’ heads with a digital scanner. These measurements were then used to design the helmet from the "inside out". It is based on the “Human Engineering” concept and applies to a new design process which starts from the components that are in direct contact with the head and gradually progresses to the outer shell. As a result, the structural shapes imitate the area of contact thus providing greater safety and smaller dimensions. AGV EXTREME STANDARDS HELMETS use FEM (Finite Elements Analysis) to set new standards in safety, comfort and ergonomics. In addition to new levels of safety, the AGV Pista GP sets new standards in environmental protection with the raw materials and new technologies used in production having a focus on low environmental impact.
"I consider the PistaGP helmet to be a homage to Gino Amisano, an enterpreneur I admired for his ability to innovate, for the standards he set and for the competitive spirit he had when he faced a challenge. The new helmet is based on AGV Standards, the project that follows Amisanos core values and revolutionizes helmet development, setting new standards for protection and ergonomics that can be demonstrated. The new generation of helmets developed through this project has the task of bringing AGV to lead again in both the market and the technical field." - Lino Dainese
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At first glance you're seeing a helmet that very few people in the rest of the universe have seen at this point. This right now is the only Pista GP Helmet, the successor to the GP Tech from AGV. This is the only one in North America.
There used to be two, a few days ago, but Valentino has left and he took his AGV Pista that he was wearing currently in MotoGP from Indianapolis, he took it with him. I think he's back in Italy, so we have the only one left.
Now as you come in here and look at it I will tell you that I have an ECE rated version. It's a production model, ECE. What does that mean? Because it's not DOT it's going to be slightly lighter weight than the DOT version, which you will eventually see in the States at that sub-fifteen hundred dollar price. So you're going to look at a helmet that is full scale, carbon fiber, race bred. This is the new thoroughbred in the AGV line.
The ECV Version came in at just under three pounds at 2.9 pounds range. They add a couple hundred grams typically when you go for that DOT conversion or certification. So probably the carbon fiber piece the GP will be just over that three pound mark. You know, in comparison to its predecessor the GP Tech, which I have here on the right in the Rossi graphic, and this guy was around that three pound six ounces mark. But remember, that's tri-composite; carbon fiber, fiberglass, Kevlar, and this is a full carbon fiber helmet.
Now keep a note; within the new AGV line this is the thoroughbred race helmet. They have made trade-offs to get the weight down. They made trade-offs with the interface with your bike. They've made trade-offs from the way the vents work, and we're going to walk through that in a second. When you think about a version of this helmet, which would be really tri-composite, or carbon fiber and Kevlar, fiberglass, that's maybe more suited for track as well as road use, you can move towards something like the AGV Corsa, which may be down the road from AGV. It's somewhere along the horizon. We've heard inklings about it, but we have no idea when it's going to make it to the U.S. market. So it's part of that new family from AGV.
You know, AGV was purchased by Dainese somewhere in that 2009 range. As soon as Dainese came in they said, let's start to work on our next generation of helmets that are going to be an elevation from what we've seen, which has been great technology from AGV before we purchased it. This is the first model to be released and this is currently what you're seeing on Valentino's head.
So we've talked about the key difference here, which is it is very aggressive. If we look at the profile the first thing you're going to notice is this helmet is designed to be in the tuck. It's dramatically different than its predecessor. If we look at the way the coverage comes down, the way this chin bar is done, you now have a helmet that is going to give you better coverage on your chin, knowing that this in most situations on the race side of things is going to be sitting on the tank. And if we look at it, you've actually got 15 more degrees in the horizontal field of view above the horizon.
They've done that because typically a racer when his head is on the tank in that tuck is only using the top third of their shield anyway to look through. So what they've done is they've actually moved the horizon line of this helmet up a little bit. The way this sits in your head is meant to sit low, and sit all encompassing.
The fit of the helmet has actually been changed as well. We're going towards the universe of a very ergonomic fit shape. It was done with anthropomorphic mapping of the head. And what we typically see is this guy is going to fit about neutral oval to slightly round. It's actually egg shaped, so it's rounder in the back and then tapers toward the front. And even with those of us who have a more oval head shape, that's actually how it works. The back of your head is typically a little bit wider than the front.
So again, it's kind of the next generation of head shape here from AGV; very ergonomic. But it's not completely round, and it's not that long oval that we see all over the place. This is more of a neutral or egg-shaped oval. Again, a new fit shape.
Past the shape, if we get into some of the nuances, we've talked about the field of view of fifteen degrees above horizontal. We also have an increase of nine percent in total field of view here on the face shield. The face shield is also poly-carbonate, but now it is 3.3 millimeters thick. In the past we've really seen the Shark Helmets be the only helmets that have gone to that really heavy-duty Poly-carp class one optically correct UV proof shield. Now AGV is going into that next generation where it's a thicker shield, but they are using different criteria here to subtract weight but adding a stronger shield. So you're getting more bang for the buck; you're getting more protection.
Also notice on this shield the tear-off posts. We also have a new shield mechanism here in the front, a locking mechanism; met in the middle, it's technology stolen from F1. And really what that has done is allow either hand to crack the helmet into the city position. Notice there is my cracked, and it's locked right there; or go all the way up. So it's a button operated locking mechanism. Notice when I press it, one snap, two snaps, it goes all the way down. And there is big gasket that goes all the way around this monstrous I-port now that creates a great seal.
Staying within this new shield technology, now it's new shield change technology as well. The shield change side pod here, this mechanism, is 71% smaller than the predecessor on the GP Tech. So what you have is a lighter weight mechanism that takes up less space, and by having less space you actually have more room for the EPS inside the shell. And for quick release it's a slide down and a pull off. It's very quick and very easy. You'll notice that if I come in here and I show you, all you're doing is moving that tab down and it slides completely off. You can see how thick this shield is. To move it back on you put it in alignment, that's correct with this rectangle, and it slides on in one shot very simply, and that's it. It's very, very simple; again, a nice leap forward.
Moving into the venting now, again this is the AGV Pista GP. The Corsa will have open and close able vents; the same thing with the GT Veloce, which were the new helmets from 2013 or beyond from AGV.
But really here in this race helmet you can see I have one vent open and one vent closed. On the AGV Pista I have removable plastic mounts that are really designed to only come into play in bad weather, because for the most part they didn't want to add any weight by having a mechanism for open and close that is built in. And if you'll notice here, these are about three times the size of the vents that were on the GP Tech. So what you're getting is the same IVS System from Dainese, which actually if you look at the profile of the helmet has been lowered into the shell. But they've tested it and it is a 193% increase in the ventilation here on the Pista GP. So the surface area of the vent has been almost tripled.
You have an additional vent in the middle; it's venting to five 10 millimeter holes in the EPS liner, which you can see. I believe it's an aluminum or titanium mesh behind this. Again, dramatically, almost a 200% increase in air flow in the helmet. And if we look at the front we also have a vent down here that's operable from the inside of the helmet. And you can see I'm doing that really quickly, you can see it open and close. That's on the inside underneath the helmet; it's a slider.
Moving to the back, there are a few different key things going on here. Now you have your exhaust ports. You have six; three on each side, 10 millimeter vent holes. The air comes in through the EPS; it's channeled across your head and sucks away that warm, moist air. And using the low pressure area behind the helmet of high-speed air, you're now getting that exhaust further flowing out the back.
Another key standout feature here on the AGV Pista Helmet is our rear wing. It's actually removable; it's actually designed to shear off in a crash, so again, it's adding to the passive protection of the helmet. But what you have is an add-on that adds 44% more down force to the helmet in the tuck than the predecessor on the GP Tech. We've seen some other manufacturers of MotoGP Helmets that are taking this stock helmet and adding these clear spoilers, almost in a bolt-on fashion to the helmet. They do it in a bolt-on fashion so it can break away and it doesn't catch. And to create this in full carbon fiber would actually be really difficult to have it be structurally strong.
So this bolt-on piece, and it's really cool; I've actually seen the painted version. You can see Rossi's helmet in MotoGP. Whether they do the clear or the painted, it's a very cool feature. But it's actually a decrease in lift. So what happens is when this helmet is at speed in this position you're going to get a lot of turbulence, a lot of high-speed air that's going to flow off the helmet. But by having this spoiler you're increasing the down force of the helmet, and you're going to keep it stable at speed as well as head check. So again, it's all about down force when you get into this realm at speeds like this.
You know, we talked a little bit about carbon fiber. A lot of people think about carbon fiber, but they're not quite sure where the value is. They understand that it's strong, and they understand that it's lightweight. But to build a helmet at this spec, that's going to pass ECE, and that will pass DOT, what you're trying to do is have strong materials that you can use the least amount of. So by using really exotic materials like carbon fiber you're trading the exotic strength of the material and the ability to use less of it. It's equating to less weight in the helmet. So again, you create a very, very lightweight helmet that doesn't trade anything by way of protection.
Other key features that stand out here on the AGV Pista GP, and I showed you a brief preview when I flipped it over. I might as well get my do-nut out of here. Let's show the bottom; let's show the neck roll, and let's start to talk about the guts.
The first thing you're going to notice is that when you think about a race helmet, you look at a helmet and again, this is the same thing that Valentino's using in MotoGP right now. Think about a helmet and a rider that is not as worried about noise. A race helmet is really engineered to not be distracting, but to fit well, to be aerodynamic, and not to whistle. But when you think about it, racers wear ear plugs. So what they want to do is in place of an emergency cheek pad removal system, you know, on the AVG Corsa, you're going to see a full neck roll. And the neck roll contributes a seal. It also contributes to the quiet of the helmet. Here in MotoGP they are not worried about it. They wear ear plugs, so it's fine. So what you have is from a comfort standpoint and a weight standpoint you now have this neoprene neck roll that's very simple. It's integrated with the cheek pad system that is multiple density, and it really just fits nicely and neatly into the helmet.
You know, past that we have the EPS, and I believe on Valentino's version you can see titanium double D-ring construction. And as I move in I want to talk about the new style ergonomic EPS. They are actually using four shell sizes for the Pista GP, and they are using four different size EPSs as you go up the size range. And it's a completely new style of cheek pad as well as comfort liner.
With the cheek pads, with the comfort liner, what you're going to see is a lack of seams; it's zonal mapping from a density standpoint. So what that means is while you do have a snap on the two forehead areas that click into the helmet, it's going to tuck under the neck roll in the back. But what you have here are areas, the lightweight density here, around the ears; you're going to have medium strength density around the crown of the head, in the back of the head. Notice the huge cutaways that are going to allow all of that air flow to come into the helmet and vent properly. I'll tell you, even with the cheek pads that we have still intact here, the cheek pads on this helmet are going to be high density around your cheek bones, but then they're going to be lower density around your jaw line and your upper jaw. Again, it's meant to it your head without creating pressure points.
And one of the other things you're going to notice is that this is zonal mapped, but it's also tunable. So now you have areas that could be pressure points for some riders, where you have different density of these disks that are foam and are flippable, so that you now can tune the way that this fits your helmet. So you are able to again open up different areas for further venting.
Notice here on the front you're going to see these holes line up with your vent holes, both in the front and on the sides with the chimney, so you get additional air flow into the helmet to circulate around.
Also if I flip it inside out you're going to see it's micro perforated; it's going to be wicking and is going to be very soft. And again, are we really looking at this and seeing one seam? That's huge, because seams are something that can add to the discomfort of wearing a helmet for a longer period of time. And when you have that discomfort, discomfort equals distraction which equals lack of focus, and on that racetrack that's not what riders are going for.
We're going to see in the AGV Corsa and the GT Veloce when they come out, I would imagine there's going to be a very similar style of comfort liner built in, as well. And if we look here, as I break open the inside, you're going to see all of the different holes. You're going to have five toward the front, six in the back for the extractors, and the way that this helmet shell is mapped out there are big channels that integrate with the IVS System that are going to flow air in, allow it to circulate freely around the head, and exhaust through those six holes in the back, and you can see them right in the back where I'm pointing.
No rear winglets on this helmet; again, it has been redesigned. But based on the wind tunnel testing it's going to flow almost 200% more air throughout.
So the other thing to keep in mind is the fit; remember, this was a completely new take on building a helmet. So many manufacturers design an aerodynamic shell, then they work on EPS, and then they worry about how it's going to fit the head of the rider.
What AGV really did, and they did it with Rossi and it started in 2009 on the AGV Pista GP, they said we're going to build a helmet that sits on your head and allows the proper field of vision, a proper ergonomics, proper safety spec, and we're going to build from the rider's head, and in this case it was Valentino, to the outside. So we're going to use a minimal amount of material; we're going to have multiple EPS, multiple shell sizes, and we're really going to start internally and use as little as we can to get us to a place that is light weight, quiet, ergonomic, and protective to end up with a fully then optimized to be aerodynamic shell. And it's really this ergonomic approach; it's different from AGV. We've just been really impressed with the attention to detail.
And speaking to the way that they've laid out the field of vision, you know, there is an extra 15 degrees from horizontal on up. Valentino's famous quote on this helmet since he started using it was that going to the new system, which allows the increased field of view, is like switching from TV to cinema. Again, it's just a dramatic step forward.
And we're really excited to see it done by AGV. AGV and Dainese have been producing very technical gear for a long time, and in our opinion it was time for them to step up. It was time for them to iterate and go to the next level on the race helmet, and really set what I think is a very high bar, compared to a lot of the best of what is out there in the step-forward thinking about helmet technology, ergonomics, and performance in a race scenario.
Now remember, you're taking 85% or 90% of this helmet and you're cooking it into the Corsa, which is going to be the sport, race, and road oriented. Really, this guy is a thoroughbred for the race track, so keep that in mind when you start to think about the new line.
But again, the carbon fiber helmet will be north of that $1,000 mark. We don't think it's going to be over $1,500 though, which is phenomenal and we expect graphics, solids, and carbon fiber designs. And again, remember that this is the prototype version that have here, which really has all of these different little icons, and these little performance features kinds of baked in. Really what they wanted to do was show it to us and have it immediately clear where all of the differences on this helmet came into play, compared to the very tried and true for its time, state of the art AGV GP Tech.