“Riding thousands of laps, at high speed, in a helmet you become very aware of the good points and bad points,” Mackenzie states.
“I was proud to be involved throughout multiple stages, from high speed testing to refine the aero performance parts, to being hooked up to acoustic and thermal testing equipment.”
How Does the Ruroc 4.0 Track Beat Previous Spec Records?
Apparently, the creation of the 4.0 Track began with Tom Savage in the Design & Engineering department, with the result garnering a 15% lighter carbon fiber shell and further weight cut from the lining sand clasps/fasteners.
“We go through and analyze what’s making that composite heavier,” explains Savage..
“We’ve done various different samples of different penetration tests and how that [composite] performs against a sharp penetrating anvil – similar to what’s on the DOT test – and find out how that penetrates into the shell.”
“We’ll look at how that performs against different criteria until we reach an equilibrium. Then you can start working backwards on the weight to find out where you need to be.”
Testing of this new, neat lid purportedly involved a lot of data analysis work using 3D virtual reality (VR) – tech that generates results in one-sixth of the typical amount of time (using typical CAD rendering).
“We… create these parts, 3D print them, stick it onto helmets, and test it – whether that’s in the wind tunnel or on the track,” adds Jason Esson, Industrial Designer at Ruroc.