Bell Helmets have launched its new Pro Star helmet reinforced by TeXtreme.
For 2016, Bell set out to reestablish its flagship model in the motorcycle market with the introduction of the Pro Star. Bell sought to reduce the weight of the shell by as much as possible and through incorporating TeXtreme into the layup, the weight of the shell of the Pro Star helmet was reduced by 21% without sacrificing any mechanical properties.
“For the new Pro Star we wanted to take shell technology to the next level and by using the ultra-thin TeXtreme carbon fiber material we managed to engineer our best shell ever,” said Chris Sacket, vice president of Bell Powersports. “The unique characteristics of the TeXtreme material enabled us to reduce 1/5 of the weight and still have the same high level of performance.”
TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fiber reinforcements is used in a large number of sports and competitions: Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, Le Mans, Bicycles, Ice Hockey, Surfing, Rowing Shells, Golf, Tennis, Skis, Snowboards. Alongside the sporting goods industry, TeXtreme is also used in a wide variety of Aerospace and Industrial applications.
Cameron Beaubier is a Grand Prix motorcycle racer from United States who competes in the AMA Superbike Championship. Cameron won the 2015 Superbike title and is using the Pro Star.
The Pro Star helmet was introduced at the AIMExpo in Orlando, October 15-18 and will also be showcased at the EICMA show in Milan on November 17-22. The retail launch is planned for spring 2016.
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