Race suits form an important role of your motorsport outfit and could
essentially save your life. From its humble beginnings of a cotton
overall designed to shield the driver from dirt and oil, race suits have
evolved over the years to incorporate more safety features, protecting
the driver not only from dirt and oil, but also from fire and heat. This
level of protection comes from modern race suits being manufactured
from multi layered fire retardant fabrics such as Nomex.
These materials have to be able to resist a flame for a minimum of 11
seconds to obtain the FIA approval required for most levels of
motorsport racing.This gives the wearer time to escape from the car in
the event of a fire.