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Understanding Helmet Homologation | FIA / SNELL / CMR

(written Jan, 2021)

Here at Zamp Helmets it feels like there is always a conversation on-going about helmet homologation, be it FIA, SNELL or CMR. But right now, in early 2021, there are a number of new homologations released and  more coming just around the corner.

What Homologation Do I have?

If you need to find out what homologation is in your current helmet, you can find this inside the crown lining,  often tucked beneath the padding or lining inside the helmet. Often times your helmet may carry two standards, therefore you may see two separate sticker (e.g. FIA & SNELL). In this circumstance the FIA standard would overrule the SNELL as FIA hold more weight in national/international motorsport.


FIA Homologations

As it stands the FIA 8859-2015 homologation is the most sort after in the Zamp range. This standard is the less strict version of FIA homologations. It allows helmets to be used in motorsport with HANS/FHR use. Across Europe and the UK this homologation is the most widely used.

The RZ 35E is an example of an FIA 8859-2015 approved helmet

Further to the FIA’s 8859-2015 standard, there are higher levels of approval that fall within the ‘Advanced Helmets’ standards – FIA 8860-2018. They are the most stringent helmet standards in the world, in terms of impact energy absorption, sharp objects penetration and HANS/FHR testing.

Whilst (at time of writing) there are currently no FIA 8860-2018 helmets in the Zamp Helmet range. We are working on production of both an Open-Face and Full Face helmet which will include this standard.

High level Championships like WRC, Le Mans and Blancpain GT do require the 8860-2010 and 8860-2018 homologations to be used. The 8860-2010 will expire at the end of 2028. But you can of course wear these helmet standards for any form of competition if your budget allows!

SNELL Homologations

Further to the above list of FIA helmets, there is also SNELL Homologations. These are less strict than the FIA tests. Snell SA2005 standards or older have now expired and are no longer suitable for any International/National Motorsport that require a suitable safety standard. 2020 saw the introduction of the new Snell SA2020 homologation, there is currently no expiry date for these helmets. The Snell standard is used by a large number of National motorsport bodies in the UK and through out many Karting championships in the UK and Europe.

In the UK if you’re unsure which standard is required please review the competitor’s safety section 10.3.1 in the current blue book for clarification or speak to you race organiser directly.

The RZ 59 Matte Grey is an example of an Snell SA2020 approved helmet

To simplify, below is a list compiled of all the current helmet standards in the market today, along with their validity in International motorsport.

For Karting any of the above standards can be use (so long as they are still in date!). For YOUTH Karting there are specific standards; Snell CMR2016, Snell-FIA K2015, Snell K2020, Snell-FIA CMS2016 and Snell-FIA CMR2007, which do not have an expiry date. The RZ 42Y is the Zamp Youth karting helmet and comes complete with the Snell-FIA CMR2016 homologation. A new CMR2021 is expected just around the corner so keep your eyes peeled for this in the near future.


RZ 42Y Orange/Blue – Snell CMR2016 approved karting helmet

Across the Zamp range we stock models that cover all the core homologations and standards. Covering all budgets and requirements. If you are still unsure please feel free to contact us at info@zamphelmets.eu


Which helmet do I need?

Answer: Check with your event organiser on the standard of helmet required as they can differ. Any helmet with the FIA 8859-2015 standard inside will be suitable for the majority national motorsport unless the higher FIA 8860 standard is stipulated as a requirement. These are only generally required for FIA sanctioned series’ which are at the highest level of motorsport.


Where’s the best place to buy my helmet?

Answer: www.zamphelmet.eu… of course


What happens if my new helmet from Zamp Helmets doesn’t fit?

Answer: Don’t worry we can arrange an exchange for another size!


Will my helmet last longer if it is Snell SA2020 rather than Snell SA2015 if both helmets also have the FIA 8859-2015 approval?

Answer: No. The Snell SA2015 or SA2020 standard only really has relevance in the USA. the FIA 8859-2015 approval overrules the Snell approval for national and the large majority of international motorsport today. In fact, several manufacturers today produce their helmets with just the one FIA 8859-2015 safety standard.


Can I fit HANS/FHR posts myself to my current, but in date helmet?

Answer: You can, providing the helmet has not expired and has pre-threaded inserts to fit the posts. The FHR posts and tethers on your HANS device have the same homologation of FIA 8858-2010.


Can I use an ECE approved helmet for motorsport?

Answer: No, these motorcycle specific helmets are not approved for Motorsport use. They are OK to use on Track Days or arrive and drive rental karting.


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