It was one of the revelations at a Jerez MotoGP test session: the new amazing outfit of Maverick Vinales. A radical departure from the familiar flashy Moto GP style designer Aldo Drudi wanted something completely different and he succeeded brilliantly. The NEW RX-7V Maverick design is completely a-symmetrical with the star graphic on the left and bold striping on the right. The result is stunning, one which the many Moto GP fans will love as Maverick is a title favourite for the Moto GP World Championship in 2017.
Arai uses a net structure core, assembled and bonded within Super Fibre and other special synthetic fibres. These special fibres are also used for the visor panel of F-1 helmets and have superb characteristics in tensile strength and flexibility. Our shells are carefully moulded with multiple material layers including a Super Fibre belt across the helmet, just above the visor opening for extra strength. We have also developed a new resin in pursuit of a lightweight but very strong shell.
VAS (Variable Axis System)
In any helmet, regardless of brand, the amount of energy that can be absorbed is limited. Therefore, avoiding potential impact energy by glancing off should also be a key function of a helmet. So we have been pursuing a sleek shape that is more likely to glance off energy. Most shield mounting systems require indents with a high pivot point in the shell, even Arai, so as to open and close the shield. On the new "VAS", the mounting position was lowered 24mm in pursuit of the ideal smoother shape that increases the ability of glancing off energy. As a result, this has made it possible for the shell to be completely smooth above the test line of the Snell standard.