New airbag leathers feature five new patents.
We’ve already seen the new AGV Pista GP R race helmet, but there was a second part to the AGV and Dainese media event in Misano last night; the Dainese bit.
Forming the ‘to toe’ part of what the company are calling their ‘head-to-toe- safety system, the new Mugello R D-Air racing suit claims to introduce 25 new features and several, pioneering innovations.
First up is the fact that the actual airbag itself has been extended in size to cover the neck, shoulders and collarbones as well as the lower rib-cage. In addition to that, a new – and patented – ‘Intelligent Emergency Lighting System’ (their words) forms part of the interface to the suit.
We’re assuming that this is referring to the buttons that allow the rider to ‘prime’ the suit ready for use as well as the indication lights that inform the wearer that everything is working correctly. Update: Actually we’ve been told that this is an array of bright, LED lights that notify the safety team and marshals as to the location of the fallen rider in the event of bad weather conditions etc. You can actually see the LED panel in the hump within the pictures below.
Added to that are updates to the algorithm that monitors the activation of the suit in case of an accident, improved construction to the fit and materials of the suit – produced with the help of Valentino Rossi – and an all new slider shape with quick release system.
“The AGV Pista GP R and the Dainese Mugello R D-air, our new head-to-toe safety system for motorcycle racing, yet represent another milestone in safety technology.
The Dainese Group confirms its total commitment to safety, fueled by the knowhow of the Dainese Science and Research Center and supported by continuous research and development efforts with its athletes” – Cristiano Silei, Dainese Group CEO.
There’s no official word on British pricing for the suit at present, but we’d expect it to be somewhere in the region of £3,400 based upon the current exchange rates when it hits UK shores.