Teijin Aramid raising the bar for protective performance with ultra-light Formula E racing suit


Teijin Aramid, the world’s leading producer of aramids, has helped engineer a new protective motor racing suit that will be worn for the first time at the Berlin Formula E ‘E-Prix’ on 14 August. The ultra-light suit harnesses the superior protective qualities of Teijinconex® neo high heat-resistant and dyeable meta-aramid that provides professional racing drivers with outstanding levels of comfort, protection, and safety. This is the world’s first use of Teijinconex® neo for professional motor racing.

A safety-led innovation with Teijinconex® neo

Based on Teijinconex® neo fibers, the professional racing suit is the latest product to emerge from Teijin Aramid’s longstanding collaboration with OMP Racing, a market-leading producer of premium motorsport safety equipment. The new suit has been custom-made for Envision Virgin Racing Formula E Team (EVR), one of 12 teams competing in the Formula E World Championship, the world’s premier electric racing competition. The protective garment will be worn by Envision Virgin Racing Formula E Team drivers Robin Frijns and Nick Cassidy at the Berlin E-Prix. Like OMP Racing, Teijin Aramid has close links to Envision Virgin Racing Formula E Team, with Teijin Group beginning a multi-year sponsorship contract with the Formula E team in 2020.

Increased comfort with no loss of protection

The suit contains innovative features designed to maximize both the safety and comfort of drivers during competition. The outer layer of the garment consists of an ultra-light fabric made with Teijinconex® fibers. In addition to being flameproof, Teijinconex® resists temperatures of up to 400°C (750°F) and does not burn or melt when exposed to extreme heat. Because of these superior protective qualities, the suit contains just two layers, one less than most standard racing suits. This allows the wearer greater flexibility and a more tailored, comfortable fit. The suit is also up to 10% lighter than the previous racing wear worn by the Envision Virgin Racing Formula E Team, further enabling the movement and performance of drivers.

Teijinconex® neo, a new type of meta-aramid developed in 2015, also offers excellent dyeability as well as the original Teijinconex® properties, enabling Envision Virgin Racing Formula E Team to explore vibrant colors and designs for its suits. Furthermore, because the material is produced in line with leading chemical industry environmental standards, including REACH, it aligns with the Formula E team’s strong sustainability ethos, including Envision Virgin Racing Formula E Team’s Race Against Climate Change campaign.

Otto Pomiano, Research & Development Consultant at OMP: “By incorporating Teijinconex®neo aramid fibers into the suit design, we are putting down a marker for comfort, lightness, flexibility and color options in protective racing wear. This innovative design will hopefully help Envision Virgin Racing’s drivers reach new levels of performance on the track. But, of course, our top priority remains driver safety, and the new suit has been rigorously tested in line with Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) standards.” 

Daisuke Ozaki, Director of Research & Technology at Teijin Aramid: “This innovative lightweight racing suit shows how effective research and development collaborations can enable dynamic breakthroughs in protective clothing. Our close partnership with OMP has brought together the technologies and innovative capabilities of both companies. Together, we are harnessing the high-performance properties of our aramids to drive safety and performance in professional motor racing.”

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