Kit keeps steerers cool in hot seat
suit, race boots, cool suit if we are using that, gloves, ear plugs, balaclava and helmet.”
The strict safety requirements are a given in the action- packed environment of a V8 Supercars race and drivers need to have full faith in their protective kit in the event of an accident.
While a top of 26C has been forecast for today, Slade said the mercury would be rising much higher in the cabins of the cars out on track.
“Once the car has been running, the ambient temperature is relatively warm and when you jump back in for the next session it’s definitely hot,” he said.
“When we are out there in the car racing around, it’s at least 20C hotter inside the cabin compared to the ambient outside temperature.”