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Reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel sure goes through a lot of helmets during a season, often running new patterns and designs from race-to-race. But have you ever wondered how they are made?
Click below for an interesting look into how the helmets are designed and painted.
Jens Munser paints the base coat onto Vettel’s carbon fibre Arai helmet, including the thin gold detailing on the helmet. Believe it or not, only very small detailing on the helmet is sprayed gold to save weight!
The gold lines on Vettel’s helmet is then covered in thin tape to stop them being sprayed over.
More of the helmet is covered by the designer to avoid areas on the design coming into contact with the wrong paint layer. Once again, minimal paint is added to make sure that the helmet weighs as little as possible.
Munser then readies the silver paint to go on the helmet, to fit the traditional blue & silver Red Bull helmet colours.
The silver paint is then sprayed on to the helmet.
The helmet is then dried in a 50 degree oven for 30 minutes.
Using a computer template, Munser then draws the design on to the helmet with a pencil, which is sat on a special mount so the helmet doesn’t slip.
The silver areas are now covered in masking tape as the helmet is now ready for the Red Bull blue. The masking tape has to be done perfectly as if it goes over the silver areas, it would mean having to respray the helmet silver and therefore adding weight.
The classic Red Bull blue is then added to the helmet. He can safely spray over the masking tape, as this will be removed later. The helmet is once again placed in the oven after the blue is sprayed on.
The tape is removed and the Red Bull branding is then tackled.
The floral pattern on the top and chin of Vettel’s helmet is designed on computer software.
The pattern is then transferred on to the top of the helmet which is made white. A matt finish is then applied.
After over 16 hours the helmet is complete. Next…
Brook MacDonald is one of New Zealand’s most promising Downhill Mountain Bikers. He is currently competing in the UCI World Cup. This is the first clip of a three part series where Brook takes on some of the amazing trails around the Queenstown area of New Zealand.
On June 3, the streets of the capital will be transformed into a ‘racing track’ for the inaugural City Racing Dublin.
The organisers anticipate crowds of up to 250,000 will attend.
A similar event in Rotterdam yesterday attracted 500,000 spectators.
At least one of the stars will definitely come to the event, the organisers promised yesterday. Details will be confirmed by the end of September.
City racing, featuring high-tech F1 cars, has been taking place in Moscow and Rotterdam since 2006.
The event features demonstrations by drivers from Formula 1 with international racing cars and next year will see Dublin’s quays and city centre streets used as a F1 race track.
“You normally pay a premium price to see a Formula 1 car racing past but here at Bavaria we like to do things differently and bring Formula 1 close to the public and free of charge,” Peer Swinkels, a board member of sponsors Bavaria, said yesterday.
“We are sure the people of Dublin will experience an unforgettable day.”
The three-hour event is free — however, there will be some VIP tickets available to buy in coming weeks.
Roads around the city centre will be closed and diversions put in place the night before.
The route will go from the Convention Centre next to the Samuel Beckett Bridge, head up to Trinity College, turn at the Central Bank and then zoom back to the quays.
There will be huge television screens placed all along the route so crowds won’t miss a moment of the action.
Patrick Cooney, managing director of Gleeson, said the day would be the most exciting event of the year.
“Having witnessed the event first hand in both Rotterdam and Moscow, I am confident this will be a great event and will be supported by both the people of Dublin and all over Ireland. It will be the most exciting event in Ireland in 2012.”
For non-car enthusiasts there will be a whole host of different activities taking place over the weekend including a Spiegeltent, fashion events, live music, and a gala dinner and, of course, plenty of Bavaria after-parties.