|The Hans Device|
Head and Neck Support
The Hans uses a mechanism that connects a helmet to a shoulder restraint made of carbon fiber and Kevlar. The helmet is connected to the shoulder restraint by tethers. The Hans device is a U-shaped collar that fits around the driver's neck and extends down onto the chest. It restricts the driverís movements, keeping their head and shoulders aligned, yet it still allows the driver to move their head naturally.
After only a small amount of use, most drivers forget they even have it on. Following long amounts of testing, the device went on sale in 1991. Today, there are over 600 devices in use.
The device is now mandatory in all NASCAR races.
-Designed to not allow any debris to puncturre it
-Designed to disperse impact energy over thee entire helmet in a crash
-Covers the driverís entire head, mouth and chin
-Made up of three main parts:
-Weighs about 1.5 pounds
-Has three main parts:
In 2001, six Nascar drivers tested out the new device for the first time at the Daytona 500. Dale Earnhardt was not one of them, and on that day he died of the very thing that the HANS protects against.