HANS Performance Products, the inventors of the widely used head and neck restraint, has announced an additional product, the HANS Adjustable.
The HANS Adjustable, which meets the SFI Foundation's Spec. 38.1 for head and neck restraints, enables all drivers to purchase a HANS with full confidence of a comfortable fit no matter what type of car or racing seat they use. Previously, customers ordered a HANS Device in a fixed angle according to the driver's physical size and type of seating position in the car – such as an upright seat in stock cars or a reclined seat in open-wheel machines.
“Because it's adjustable in five-degree increments, this new HANS will improve the fit and comfort for all racers,” said HPP co-founder Jim Downing. “Our goal is to bring the award-winning safety of HANS to all drivers in any type of car, especially the weekend warriors who too often put themselves and their families at risk.
A study conducted by the Charlotte Observer found that racing deaths in the U.S. actually increased in the decade after Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s fatal accident at Daytona in 2001, due to fatalities on weekly short tracks and drag strips.
“We believe the new HANS is going to create another revolution in head and neck restraints, especially for the weekend warrior,” said Downing. “For over a decade, the HANS has demonstrated its ground-breaking safety technology all over the world in all types of crashes, including multiple impacts and oblique impacts. The HANS Adjustable is another huge step forward. There's no reason why every driver should not be wearing a HANS head and neck restraint.”
The HANS Adjustable is eligible for use in most U.S. racing series. NASCAR, which conducts its own evaluations, currently has the HANS Adjustable under consideration for approval. After passing all the required strength tests, the new device is under final consideration by the safety committee of the FIA.
Priced at $795, the HANS Adjustable is made by an injection-molded process using a metal alloy before a fire-resistant nylon coating is applied. Metal fasteners that employ "Spiralock" technology enable a driver to adjust the legs of the HANS to alter the angle of the collar in five-degree increments. A detailed description of the latest HANS and technical details can be found at www.hansdevice.com.
The new device joins a product line including the HANS Professional, used by pro drivers worldwide, and the HANS Sport II models.