This led Italian company Brembo, in collaboration with Newmax, a leader in the development of high-performance European helmets, to develop a new line of helmets, in partnership with design studio, Vinaccia Integral Design.

Crafted to enhance safety, comfort and design, the Brembo helmets are the first full-face helmets in the world with an inbuilt automated belt fastening system.

“Brembo is the world leader in the manufacture of high-performance disc brakes. In 2006 they decided to create new product lines, which were related to the theme of human security,” explains one of the designers of the Brembo helmet, Valerio Vinaccia, of Vinaccia Integral Design, a studio with a 15-year track record as a key player in research projects that merge design with new technologies. “The first project they wanted to develop was a helmet line, with higher safety features.

“Newmax is a company with extensive experience in creating innovative helmets, with a high technical level, perhaps the most advanced in Italy,” says Vinaccia.  Together they developed the two models for the Brembo brand – the B-Tech and B-Jet helmets.

The B-Tech is a full-face urban model – the first and only helmet of its type presently on the market. It has the widest field of vision, which was accomplished through a study to establish the optimal panoramic perspective possible.

The B-Tech also features a special extra space visor, designed to supplement the design of the shell. The function of this new design is to reduce the feeling of claustrophobia that many motorcyclists complain of in regard to current full-face helmets, as well as substantially increasing the rider’s field of vision. This allows Brembo helmets to be more accommodating in urban traffic, as with increased visibility comes increased safety.

The B-Jet model is an open-face helmet, with a ‘light and open’ design, achieved through the slant of the dynamic lines of the shell. A lighter helmet, it weighs just 1.050 kilograms (300 grams less than the B-Tech). Both of the helmets feature rear reflector elements to improve night visibility.

In addition, both the B-Tech and B-Jet are equipped with the retractable Automatic Fit Belt system.

“The projects have a common basis, largely derived from technical requirements. The overall dimensions of the strap winder, for example, created several issues, to insert it, in the helmet shape, both aesthetically and anthropometrically,” explains Vinaccia.

The continuous strap in the belt ends in a winding device, allowing the motorcyclist to simply press a button on the helmet in order to make the strap adjust perfectly to the chinrest, which then automatically locks in the correct position and tension level, providing the rider with improved safety. The 3-centimetre strap is wider than other helmet straps currently on the market, also enhancing the safety factor, while a silky, skin-friendly material allows for greater comfort.

“The most important innovation is the belt, which is automatically tensioned, as a safety belt; and the field of view of the B-tech, which has twice a normal full-face helmet’s field,” explains Vinaccia.

“The technical development of the belt was developed by Sabelt, specialists in the manufacture of safety belts, which is also a division of the Brembo group.”

The polycarbonate visor is 2 millimetres thick and of a high optical quality, with anti-scratch treatment. The helmet shells are made from technopolymers and feature a roll-out and washable lining, covered with hypo-allergenic and antistatic fabric.

The helmet Brembo B-Tech was selected for inclusion in the ADI Design Index 2011. 
 

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