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FIA Race Suit Regulations Guide 2024: What You Need to Know
By startoneracing April 12th, 2024 0 reviews

In the adrenaline-filled world of motorsport, ensuring driver safety with robust race suit regulations is crucial. As technology and performance levels evolve, so do the standards that protect the drivers. Since January 1, 2022, all racewear must adhere to the FIA 8856-2018 standard, a significant update from the former FIA 8856-2000. This guide provides a comprehensive overview of the changes, important dates, and why they matter to everyone in the racing community.

Updated Race Suit Standards and Their Impact

The FIA has introduced several key updates with the 8856-2018 certification, aimed at providing superior protection:

Enhanced Heat Protection: Suits now improve heat transmission protection by about 20%, increasing the time a driver can be exposed to fire without injury from 11 to a minimum of 12 seconds.

Extended Coverage: Undergarments, including socks and balaclavas, must now provide at least 5 seconds of protection, up from the previous 3 seconds.

Redesigned Balaclavas: These are now engineered to lessen neck strain during helmet removal.

Extended Apparel: Gloves, socks, and shoes have been lengthened to cover more of the body, minimizing exposure risks.

New Identification Tags: A more visible tagging system, including a gold hologram, makes verification by officials easier.

10-Year Expiry: Racewear is now marked with an expiration date to ensure gear is current and effective.

Key Dates for the Rollout

The transition to FIA 8856-2018 has already begun across top-tier competitions such as Formula E, Formula One, and WRC, with a full mandate in effect for all FIA-sanctioned events starting January 1, 2029. Racewear manufactured before 2020 will expire by the end of 2030.

Considerations for Older Racewear

For participants in FIA events, it's important to note the limited validity of non-hologrammed racewear: 

Suits without a hologram: No longer valid post-December 31, 2022.

Undergarments, Gloves, Balaclavas without a hologram: No longer valid after December 31, 2023.

Safety Reminder

Regular use of racewear, exposure to contaminants, and natural wear can significantly degrade its protective capabilities. Upgrading to the latest standard not only enhances safety but also offers advancements in material technology and comfort. Even our entry-level 2022 racewear complies with these new standards, making it accessible for every budget. 

For the latest pricing and more details on all FIA 8856-2018 compliant gear, visit our product pages. Our team is ready to assist you by phone or email to ensure your racewear meets current standards and your racing needs.


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