A Peek Inside Bell's New Ultra Light Carbon Fiber Helmet

More details are being released about the technology that makes ups Bell Helmets Pro Star helmet.

First unveiled at the third annual American International Motorcycle Expo held in October 2015, Bell is highlighting the new Pro Star helmet feature of being reinforced by ‘TeXtreme®’. Utilizing the novel TeXtreme carbon fiber, Bell Helmets have managed to build the lightest and strongest shells ever.

Since 1954, Bell Helmets has been at the forefront of head protection in the world of motorsports. It would appear from the efforts around its initial unveiling at the AIMExp motorcycle event as well as the press release issued this morning, Bell Helmets view the Star line of products a very important addition to keep that leading market position.

The press release notes, ‘for 2016, Bell set out to reestablish its flagship model in the motorcycle market with the introduction of the Pro Star’. This is being done through a truly impressive product.

"For the new Pro Star we wanted to take shell technology to the next level and by using the ultra-thin TeXtreme® carbon fiber material we managed to engineer our best shell ever,” Chris Sacket, VP of Bell Powersports, says, “The unique characteristics of the TeXtreme® material enabled us to reduce 1/5 of the weight and still have the same high level of performance."

Bell 2016 Pro Star Helmet reinforced by TeXtreme Technology
(PRNewsFoto/TeXtreme(R)) - Source TeXtreme(R)

Bell sought to reduce the weight of the shell by as much as possible and through incorporating TeXtreme into the layup and as mentioned above, the weight of the shell of the Pro Star helmet was reduced by 21% without sacrificing any mechanical properties.

TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fiber reinforcements is used in a large number of sports and competitions: Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, Le Mans, Bicycles, Ice Hockey, Surfing, Rowing Shells, Golf, Tennis, Skis, Snowboards. Alongside the Sporting Goods industry TeXtreme® is also used in a wide variety of Aerospace and Industrial applications.

Clutch and Chrome had an opportunity to speak with Bell’s Marketing Manager, Rob Salcedo at the AIMExpo unveiling. Not only did he emphasize the synergy enjoyed by the helmet manufacturer from its extremely diverse range of products but other features found in the Pro Star helmet. These comments as well as an over view of other technology found in the Pro Star can be found in the video below (Bell Helmets peice starts at 22'08).

"We are proud to see the latest application using our carbon fiber materials hitting the market and that TeXtreme have been a key factor in the construction of the shell. For anyone looking for a solution requiring ultra-light weight we can provide the knowledge for how to construct it and the materials to create the weight savings and mechanical performance needed. The Pro Star helmet is another outstanding reference for what value the TeXtreme Technology brings," says Andreas Martsman, VP Marketing & Sales of Oxeon AB. 

Products reinforced by TeXtreme in general get 20% lighter than when using other carbon fiber materials and reduces weight without sacrificing strength or stiffness.

Cameron Beaubier is a Grand Prix motorcycle racer from United States who competes in the AMA Superbike Championship. Cameron won the 2015 Superbike title and is using the Pro Star.

As mentioned earlier, the Pro Star helmet was introduced at the AIMExpo in Orlando, 15-18 of October 2015, and will also be showcased at the EICMA show in Milan 17-22 of November 2015. The retail launch is planned for spring 2016.

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