Hans Device?

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    Tom Dennin

    Has anyone looked into the Hans Device as a viable safety component for kart racing? I have seen them used in all forms of racing from open wheel to nascar to baja racing. What are the pros and cons for its application in kart racing?





    HANS wont work because it uses the two shoulder belts as part of the system. I think the same with the Hutchins, it uses an attachment that connects to the lever lock in a 5 point harness. An option may be the Simpson D cell. It looks like a parachute harness and uses the drivers thighs and lower torso to control head movement. My son uses the D cell in his minicup car and wears it over the standard neck brace. One thing to remember though is when fitted properly you only have an inch of head movement to either side. In mini cups we are allowed to use a radio system so that i can let him know where other cars are until they get into his field of vision. If you want to see one up close let me know next time you are up near IMI, I am only a few minutes away.

    Here is safety soltions web site, they offer the D Cell and Huthins

    Hans device site




    Those devices are to keep the neck from stretching on impact when the torso is constrained by belts. In a kart the torso is not constrained.



    From the Safety Solutions web site:

    The D Cell harness is good for all types of racing, but especially go-karts, or endurance racing because of Driver changes… and in Sprint cars because of the extra arm restraints used.

    I think Bill is right though. Designed for use with a belt system. I wonder what if any testing they did to verify that statement.


    Don’t forget that karts don’t have roll bars. Even if the HANS device could work without belts, I don’t think that having your head held stationary and upright if the kart flips over would be a good thing.


    Mike Jansen

    Strengthen those neck muscles Charles. Then we’ll call you no neck 8)

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