Japanese helmet manufacturer Arai, the Official Isle of Man TT Races Helmet partner, has launched its annual TT races themed helmet at the 2013 Motorcycle Live Show at the NEC in Birmingham. The company has been the proud supporter and partner of the Isle of Man TT races since 2007.
To underline its special partnership with the Isle of Man and the TT Races, Arai introduces a special design: the ‘RX-7 GP IOMTT ‘14′ that will be produced in a limited production run. It is based on the race-ready RX-7 GP model but Aldo Drudi, under his signature ‘’D-Perf’’, has created a stunning design for this version.
The top Italian designer has again created his own inimitable identity for the Arai RX-7 GP helmet and this year’s offering features the famously evocative words ‘Ellan Vannin’ (the Manx name for the Isle of Man), the three legged triskelion logo, the map of the famous mountain course and also comes with the official TT logo, identifying authentic products.
The company will be providing its well-established race service to the race paddock, which includes helmet servicing and replacement throughout the race fortnight. They will also provide helmets to the Travelling Marshals who operate on the Mountain Course during the qualifying sessions and races.
Arai has a strong association with the Isle of Man TT Races, which has been forged through many racing miles. Leading TT riders including Steve Hislop and Philip McCallen have long been associated with the legendary marque while TT Legend Joey Dunlop was inextricably linked to the brand throughout his racing career.
Modern day Arai riders include Ian Hutchinson, who wore the famous emblem during his record breaking TT in 2010, nine-time TT race winner Bruce Anstey, leading Australian competitor Cameron Donald. Sidecar racers Tim Reeves, who secured his maiden race victory in 2013 and sixteen-time race winner Dave Molyneux will also wear the helmets at the 2014 meeting. Several prominent MotoGP stars including Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa wear Arai while Formula 1 stars Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel and Jensen Button are also prominent ambassadors.
Ingmar Stroeven, Managing Director Arai Helmet (Europe) B.V., commented: “Our 2014 helmet is hard to describe. It really has to be seen or even better held to truly appreciate it in all its beauty. Drudi has succeeded in combining all the iconic Isle of Man details into one timelessly iconic design. The bright red accents and the matt finish offer the 2014 edition a unique look that will make it an instant collector’s item.”
The Arai RX-7 GP IOMTT ’14 will be available at Arai dealers in June 2014. It is priced at €1.099 (incl. VAT)/c£750 (ex VAT).