The Northern Territory news Fri 15 Jun 2012
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www.ntnews.com.au Friday, June 15, 2012. NT NEWS. 41 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:15-JGE:41 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K V8 SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP HIDDEN VALLEY, DARWIN 2012 Anatomy of the Holden VE Series II Commodore V8 Supercar Keeping the Holden Racing Teams Garth Tander safe The Holden Racing Teams Garth Tander races at speeds approaching 300km/h. The 2007 V8 Supercar Champion and two-time Bathurst winners $500,000 factory HRT Holden VE Series II Commodore is a maze of welded steel and carbon fibre, engineered to withstand potential high speed accidents. Tander himself is cloaked in specialist racing gear specifically designed to protect him in the possibility of an accident or a fire. 1. Race Suit Safety and comfort are the prime considerations when making racing suits, with Tanders tailormade for him. The RPM race suit he wears is made in Australia by Revolution Racegear. The suit is designed to be worn for long periods featuring sweat absorption and breathing properties in the Nomex materials, while the honeycomb construction and inner liner contribute greatly to lessening fatigue when Tander is exposed to the extreme in-car temperatures when racing. 2. Fireproof Underlay Tander is covered literally from head-to-toe in safety equipment, with the first of four layers of fireproof Nomex beginning with an expensive underlay. While the underwear is not the most stylish on the market it is made from fire retardant material that could prove to be lifesaving fashion not a consideration for Tander when it comes to his safety. 3. Cool Suit Even with a mass of aerodynamically-designed vents, temperatures inside the cabin of Tanders new HRT VE Series II Commodore can climb to over 60c at some events. To battle this, the HRT driver wears a 986 Advanced Driver Cooling Pro-SHIRT over his Nomex to reduce his core body temperature. Engineered to maximize body heat transfer, the Pro-SHIRT is a bladder-basedcooling shirt with a variable flow system for the series of pipes that pumpcool, dry ice-chilled water via an Esky that sits behind the driver. 4. Shoes V8 Supercars have very little heat shielding compared to road cars, so the pedals in the car can get quite hot from the heat generated by the motor and exhausts. Tander wears a specially-designed pair of fire resistant Pumarace shoes to stop his feet from burning, while they also have to be sensitive enough for him to be able feel the accelerator pedal. 5. Gloves Like his boots, Tanders Puma gloves also offer valued fire protection and much-needed grip. Steering and shifting gears 40-50 times per lap, maintaining grip is extremely important for control and balance as the drivers hands become wet through sweat. 6. Helmet Tander wears a Bell RS3 Pro helmet made from carbon-Kevlar. The helmet is lightweight and comfortable to wear, but also strong enough to absorb any impact in a possible crash. Tanders helmet features a forced air vent feed via a carbon-fibre air inlet on top, a radio microphone for him to keep in contact with the Toll HRT pit, and a drinking straw which allows the flow of vital fluids to keep the driver hydrated throughout a race. 7. Hans Device Not shown in this image, Holden introduced the Hans Device to its drivers more than 12 months before it became mandatory in V8 Supercars six years ago. This vital piece of racing equipment which sits on the drivers shoulders and is tethered to the helmet, has also been adapted in most other forms of motorsport throughout the world. It takes weight off the helmet and via the tethers prevents the neck from hyper-extending in a collision. Garth Tanders Holden Racing Team Holden VE Series II Commodore is state-of-the-art, the latest generation to roll out of the famous HRT workshops in Melbourne. Each V8Supercar costs between $350,000$500,000 to build with 2012 being the last season for this current generation of car with V8 Supercars moving to its Car Of The Future. 3 6 1 4 2 5
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