2011 Mt. Washington Hillclimb | Safety Requirements
Please note: If you have any questions regarding the various Class descriptions below or you have Safety-related questions pertaining to the construction of your race car, please call Don Taylor, our Chief Technical Inspector at his shop (603) 542-8549 or on his cell phone at (603) 543-7456 before you complete your Entry Application.
In addition to the safety regulations below all competing vehicles must adhere to the event’s detailed class regulations found here.
1. PERSONAL SAFETY EQUIPMENT:
All items preceded with an (x) below are required to be either FIA or SFI rated and must be tagged as such.
- (x) Driver’s suit with an SFI 32A1 rating is required as a minimum – use of this Driver’s suit will require the use of approved fireproof underwear also. If an SFI 32A5 or FIA multi-layer Driver’s suit is used, approved fireproof underwear will not required.
- (x) FIA or SFI rated driving gloves are required.
- (x) FIA or SFI rated racing shoes, or leather shoes with FIA or SFI rated socks are required.
- (x) FIA or SFI rated Balaclava is required if participant has facial hair.
- (x) FIA or SFI rated head and neck restraint system is required.
- (x) FIA or SFI rated 5, 6 or 7-point driver’s restraint system is required. SFI restraint system cannot be older than 2 years, while an FIA restraint system will go by expiration date.
- Helmets used in practice and competition must be Snell SA05 or newer or BS6658-85A/FR or FIA 8860-2004.
- If a vehicle does not have a windshield for the occupant(s), the Driver (and Co-Driver if applicable) will be required to wear a full face helmet with face shield that is Snell SA05 or newer or BS6658-85A/FR or FIA 8860-2004.
- 1-piece racing seats are required for use by Drivers (and Co-Drivers where applicable) in all vehicles. If a non-FIA racing seat is utilized it will require a back brace.
- All vehicles are required to have a portable fire bottle within reach of driver. It must be secured with a metal bracket. There shall be a total of 5 lbs of fire bottle within the car and it may be in one (1) or two (2) containers. All fire bottles will have a gauge in place to check condition of the unit being used. On-board fire systems are allowed in addition to the required portable units.
- The consumption of alcohol or drugs by Drivers, Co-Drivers or Crew members during the hours of practice or competition is strictly prohibited.
- The consumption of alcohol or drugs in the Paddock area by anyone during the hours of practice or competition is strictly prohibited.
3. VEHICLE SAFETY EQUIPMENT:
- All cars will be required to have a full roll cage – please read the rollcage requirements page and illustration for minimum standards, found HERE.
- All fuel systems must meet Rally America specifications found in article 5.7 of the 2011 Rally America Rule Book** OR must meet the following standards: All fuel tanks (cells) within the passenger compartment must be FIA or SFI rated with a full metal containment system. All lines and pipes within the passenger compartment must be metal with no compression fittings OR any rubber lines must be covered by a metal bulkhead; steel braided line is acceptable. All other fuel components (fuel pumps, fuel filters, etc) within the passenger compartment must be covered by metal bulkheads. Any vehicle with more than 10 pounds of fuel pressure using rubber fuel lines must have MFI rating and use a full fuel injection band clamp at each termination (this is only to be used outside the passenger compartment or a metal bulkhead will be required). All electric fuel pumps will be fitted with a safety shutoff. If the engine stops running the fuel pump must shut off automatically – either by computer, PCM or oil pressure switch.
**To access the complete Rally America Stage Rally Rule Book on-line, please visit the following page: http://rally-america.com/rules.php
Please note that the 2011 Rally America Rule book will be available online shortly. The 2010 Rally America Rule book may be used as a reference until the 2011 Rule Book is posted. The 2011 Rule Book is expected to be available by late January, 2011.
- Any battery within the passenger compartment must be enclosed in a marine-approved plastic battery box unless it is a dry cell. All non-ground battery connections will be insulated. Battery cables and fuel lines shall be a safe distance apart.
- Mechanical fuel pressure gauges must use an approved isolator.
- The use of Nitrous Oxide is NOT permitted.
- Any methanol even with water mixed will fall under same rule as listed above for fuel tanks and systems and lines.
- Roll cages will be padded in the helmet area with either SFI or FIA high density padding.
- All vehicles will have window nets on the occupied side of the car or the occupant(s) must wear FIA or SFI-approved arm restraints.
- Dual circuit brakes are required.
- All sharp edges within reach of occupant must be covered.
- All camera mounts must be inspected and tagged by a Tech official. Any outside camera mount will have a tether attached to hold it with the car in case the mount fails.
- Any Heim joints used on suspension or steering must be fitted with safety washers.
- All tires used on competition vehicles must be in good condition.
- If an alternate material is used in place of safety glass it can only be Lexan or Polycarbonate. Plexi-glass is not an acceptable material.
4. TECHNICAL INSPECTION:
- All vehicle safety equipment and personal safety equipment will be checked prior to competition by Tech Officials.
- In the case of an accident during the event, Tech Officials have the right to require a vehicle to be re-inspected before it is allowed to return to competition.