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What's Inside an F1 Helmet?

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F1 Helmets have to be unbelievably strong to protect the driver's head at over 200mph and resist high speed impacts. So today we are going to cut one open and see how they are constructed to be so strong, impact resistant and still extremely light.
I take my F1-grade helmet that I've been using for the last 8 years and cut it open. We examine the carbon fibre lay-up as well as how it's constructed to pass the various rigorous safety standards. Such as a projectile being shot at it at over 250kph and being heated to over 700ºC!
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00:00 What makes up a F1 Helmet?
01:12 HANS Device
01:39 What's Different About a 2020 F1 Helmet?
02:35 'Bring Me The White Visor!' Wait Hang On...
02:57 Safety Testing
03:59 Added Lightness
04:26 Prepping for the Cut
05:21 Big Kev is Back!
06:05 The Cut!
08:13 A Closer Look
08:43 It's All In The Layup
10:33 Thanks to Fuel for Fans!
11:31 Ready for the Display Cases!


  1. Driver61


    4 kuukautta sitten

    What do you guys think was the coolest fact about these helmets?

    • Demetrius Alberto

      Demetrius Alberto

      3 päivää sitten

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    • Salman Azam

      Salman Azam

      Uukausi sitten

      Well, Kimi would say its the fact that they protect the driver's head.

    • Jett Johnson

      Jett Johnson

      2 kuukautta sitten

      Unrelated to the question... the HANS device when you have the belts on is so damn uncomfortable... Super worth wearing though as we saw with grosean’s crash the HANS device, halo and fire retardant gear saved his life.

    • Vuvuzela


      3 kuukautta sitten

      I know fuck all about F1 so maybe its pretty common knowledge for enthusiasts but for me, the HANS device is the absolute coolest bit as well as the heat resistance

    • Jonathan Backhouse

      Jonathan Backhouse

      3 kuukautta sitten

      @Captain Picard wear not where !!!

  2. Vicarious Johnson

    Vicarious Johnson

    5 päivää sitten

    What's Inside an F1 Helmet? My son said a driver's head. Next!

  3. Henry Ting

    Henry Ting

    6 päivää sitten

    Can someone tell me where he is his accent ....?

  4. 2673 301

    2673 301

    13 päivää sitten

    There's a scooter helmet inside a motorbike helmet inside a jet fighter helmet inside a diver helmet inside an astronaut helmet inside a f1 helmet.

  5. Leeroy


    17 päivää sitten

    I hope you held your breath as you were cutting 🤨

  6. dellwin


    18 päivää sitten

    Damn. Next time you will upgrade can i have the old one?

  7. Alex_2o9 NSS ::

    Alex_2o9 NSS ::

    26 päivää sitten


  8. d0rifto1


    Uukausi sitten

    i cant find any info about heated visors by the manufactures, the internet, or FIA. i know in the past there were issues like Fuji

  9. Googl Reviews

    Googl Reviews

    Uukausi sitten

    Checked out that Fuel for Fans website, very disappointing to say the least. 😔

  10. Amex Paypal

    Amex Paypal

    Uukausi sitten

    The neighborly certification unfortunatly scribble because clover postsynaptically prepare unto a acceptable earthquake. orange, aware david

  11. Mika Sasaki-Renzullo

    Mika Sasaki-Renzullo

    Uukausi sitten

    It would have been funny if he wore the half helmet

  12. dun dee

    dun dee

    Uukausi sitten

    @driver61 dude you have to be freaking carefull when cutting carbon. The Dust is massivly toxic !!!

  13. Gilbert DK

    Gilbert DK

    Uukausi sitten

    Carbon fiber dust is very hazardous to your lungs.. next time use a mask! ;-)

  14. ChronoGP


    Uukausi sitten

    1:55 - Hi, could you remove the animation of the Massa's crash or add our credits? It was done by us as soon as the accident happened. We will wait a feedback.

  15. Magnum


    Uukausi sitten

    i thought the thumbnail was cake at first

  16. Spiriteye


    Uukausi sitten

    What's inside ? Your head !

  17. matt hill

    matt hill

    Uukausi sitten

    The drivers head... Duh

  18. Tommy P.

    Tommy P.

    Uukausi sitten

    Cries in money

  19. Bob Thompson

    Bob Thompson

    Uukausi sitten

    The hands device would have saved sale Earnhardt

  20. Kinang Eagle

    Kinang Eagle

    Uukausi sitten

    Jeez this guy didnt die thank god 1:27

  21. xXBigLadXx


    Uukausi sitten

    Are you a F1 driver?

  22. Carlosus Prime

    Carlosus Prime

    Uukausi sitten

    a head

  23. Michael Felici

    Michael Felici

    Uukausi sitten

    Helmet safety video and then proceeds to cut carbon with no respirator... cancer is awesome.

    • Loneman


      Uukausi sitten

      I was just about to comment along the same lines. Ignorance is bliss, until you find out what microscopic fibres of carbon in your lungs is like. There *really* should be a warning at that point for people as uninformed or dumber than this guy.

  24. Soren Ingram

    Soren Ingram

    Uukausi sitten

    What's Inside an F1 Helmet? Unconstrained Ego

  25. Zokki


    Uukausi sitten

    What does one of this cost?

  26. Jibby Ahmad

    Jibby Ahmad

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Do you want anything from Bavaria

  27. Photonical PW

    Photonical PW

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Good stuff scott!

  28. Pro Militia

    Pro Militia

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Before ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Life...After ❤️❤️❤️

  29. Good Guy Pedro

    Good Guy Pedro

    2 kuukautta sitten

    1:27 Ded || Not ded

  30. The Dragon

    The Dragon

    2 kuukautta sitten

    The drivers head

  31. The Armhand

    The Armhand

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Up next: Cutting open a F1 driver's head to see what's inside!

  32. What Evs

    What Evs

    2 kuukautta sitten

    The lively burst correspondingly muddle because shelf neatly hand failing a dysfunctional scooter. public, amused bee

  33. constantinos schinas

    constantinos schinas

    2 kuukautta sitten

    thank goat you did not killed yourself with that grinder handling. totally wrong and dangerous. both hand must be away from blade and it's line, body as well, all from one side. if this thing stuck for any reason, you were history.

  34. Darren Harris

    Darren Harris

    2 kuukautta sitten

    use a face mask matey

  35. Jordan Garcia

    Jordan Garcia

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Usually a head.

  36. luciano piscopo

    luciano piscopo

    2 kuukautta sitten

    The 8 oz test looks a bit wrong, or the information is wrong. The pellet look about 20 grams, I suspect the video is the test is for the visor, as they use in industry for safety eye ware.

  37. Sharat


    2 kuukautta sitten

    I thought it was a cake

    • Qaiser The Cuber

      Qaiser The Cuber

      2 kuukautta sitten


  38. Vinyl Scratch

    Vinyl Scratch

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Man, that's one well made helmet! I wonder how it would compare to a modern one. Also, todays sponsor was great. Got myself a Mercedes umbrella to celebrate the win!

  39. Petar Rastegorac

    Petar Rastegorac

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Well just one question regarding HANS. OK it will prevent whiplash injury of neck but when head suddenly stops brain inside of cranium continues to travel and front of brain hits front wall of cranium for sure????

  40. Fordem tam a Fordem zpátky!

    Fordem tam a Fordem zpátky!

    2 kuukautta sitten

    4:00 To me, the amount of G's is quite imaginable as I got the opportunity to try aerobatics in an aircraft and I believe a non-trained person would not withstand this amount of G's for the full duration of a race... Just imagine how often drivers brake and how long it takes to go through a single turn. Try driving a go-kart in race mode for 20 minutes or just drive a regular car on a curved road pushing really hard (Don't do that in traffic!), it will leave you exhausted pretty quick. Racing really requires excellent physical condition...

  41. CookieMonster


    2 kuukautta sitten

    Wear some mask while doing this dude. and gloves too.

  42. Dirk Pieterse

    Dirk Pieterse

    2 kuukautta sitten

    No safety mask, glasses or gloves. Gee what a nice example for safety when you actually want to show what safety means. NO NO !! BUD

  43. David


    2 kuukautta sitten

    km/h***** great video and thank you 😁

  44. 20 . Muhfid Hafiddudin

    20 . Muhfid Hafiddudin

    2 kuukautta sitten

    And, how driver talk to team at the radio?

  45. Abdullah Desai

    Abdullah Desai

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Wtf is going on with FItop bar

  46. Nello


    2 kuukautta sitten

    but in reality its all cake

  47. alexs87


    2 kuukautta sitten

    while cutting it handle it just like asbestos

  48. Holzwurm _HD

    Holzwurm _HD

    2 kuukautta sitten

    A Head?

  49. Saabjock


    2 kuukautta sitten

    You are cutting a carbon fiber structure without a respirator. Thanks for showing the helmet but protect yourself man. You can't get carbon dust out of your lungs once it in there.

  50. Christophe Juszczakiewicz

    Christophe Juszczakiewicz

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Watching that 2 weeks after Romain Grosjean's miracle in Bahrain and seeing you made 1 months ago gives me chills.

  51. Alvin Ahammed

    Alvin Ahammed

    2 kuukautta sitten

    You should've done a collab with Dan and Lincoln from What's Inside for a video like this

  52. simon jackson

    simon jackson

    2 kuukautta sitten

    What's inside a F1 helmet??? A Head!!

  53. Ronan B

    Ronan B

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Dudeeeeeeee breathing mask for CF holy shitttttttt CF dust will kill you...

  54. The Weeb

    The Weeb

    2 kuukautta sitten

    your head

  55. 64t120r


    2 kuukautta sitten

    DUDE! Wear a mask when you cut through helmet like that.

  56. Steel Rider

    Steel Rider

    2 kuukautta sitten


  57. lietkynes81


    2 kuukautta sitten

    3:35 : Helmets must withstand to 700 degrees outside without the head being cooked inside. Romain Grosjean approves this safety design.

  58. John H

    John H

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Someone should start making motorsport helmets with aluminum shells . Many types of military helmets are and have been for many years .

  59. Adriano Lcinco

    Adriano Lcinco

    2 kuukautta sitten

    A head.

  60. Black Sheep

    Black Sheep

    2 kuukautta sitten

    I thought the answer would be a f1 drivers head

  61. p.c i

    p.c i

    2 kuukautta sitten

    Not wearing a mask not very good for your lungs .and being a professional you should know better lol 🤔🤫🤫🤫

  62. dzk33


    3 kuukautta sitten

    I'm curious: apart from the heated visor and HANS, are these actually any different from high-end motorcycle helmets?

  63. Farhan Maleq

    Farhan Maleq

    3 kuukautta sitten

    9:34 Awww, that blue carbon... It's beautiful!

  64. BrianBell4073


    3 kuukautta sitten

    No working lungs and 1 working thumb after that.

  65. Surebrec


    3 kuukautta sitten

    It's painful to watch him cut through it without any protective respiratory equipment, or even any protective clothing.

  66. Mickey Mouse

    Mickey Mouse

    3 kuukautta sitten

    Carbon dust ....Tut Tut ... dust mask everytime

  67. gdbv GG

    gdbv GG

    3 kuukautta sitten

    .its all about carbon in the comment no one cares about f1 helmet..cutting carbon without mask made this video good.

  68. Fungamer4570


    3 kuukautta sitten

    My answer to tgis question woulsve simply been; the drivers head

  69. Jayden M.

    Jayden M.

    3 kuukautta sitten

    If you knew how much I want this helmet 😂

  70. Ray


    3 kuukautta sitten

    sad water-jet channel noises

  71. La Sanguinaire

    La Sanguinaire

    3 kuukautta sitten

    Where are your safety gloves and glasses 🥺

  72. jaems


    3 kuukautta sitten


  73. KuKumba Gumba

    KuKumba Gumba

    3 kuukautta sitten

    Lmao they have pieces of F1 cars just laying around😂😂😂

  74. patti441


    3 kuukautta sitten

    Why isnt that a whats inside colab Edit: i cant spell shit

  75. Abdaal Zeb

    Abdaal Zeb

    3 kuukautta sitten

    Who else thought this was a whats inside video

  76. Shivang Raina

    Shivang Raina

    3 kuukautta sitten


  77. Charlie Robertson

    Charlie Robertson

    3 kuukautta sitten

    Scott mansell = nigel mansell?

    • Loneman


      Uukausi sitten

      No, no relation.

  78. F1 Motorsports

    F1 Motorsports

    3 kuukautta sitten

    Just seeing Grosjean’s helmet melted after his absolutely enormous crash at the Bahrain ‘20 race was fricking scary. That heat must have been insane and he was in there for quite a while. Have a speedy recovery tho!

  79. Numeriwar


    3 kuukautta sitten

    Good luck with your lungs

  80. MrRedify


    3 kuukautta sitten

    3:34 grosjean likes that

  81. Cipher422


    3 kuukautta sitten

    Is it a coincidence that this was in my recommendations just after I got news of Romain Grosjean's crash in Bahrain?? 🤷🏻‍♂️ Anyway fascinating video as always??? 👍👍👍

  82. Felipe K

    Felipe K

    3 kuukautta sitten

    Thankfully it worked today for Grosjean!

  83. xXUnoriginalNameXx33 - Meygaera

    xXUnoriginalNameXx33 - Meygaera

    3 kuukautta sitten

    After today's race, I'm glad to know that literally every safety feature you mentioned, from Hans device to heat resistance, was tested and proven to a passing grade. Well done helmet engineers.



    3 kuukautta sitten

    Who have see the crash from grosjean😟

  85. Joseph Ndeng

    Joseph Ndeng

    3 kuukautta sitten

    who else is watching this after roman grosjean crash

  86. Zi Davis

    Zi Davis

    3 kuukautta sitten

    Note to self: when cutting helmet in half, use a 1997 benneton wheel holder as an anchor

  87. Barnaby B

    Barnaby B

    3 kuukautta sitten

    "how're we going to cut this helmet? Should we have a quick go on the bandsaw or something?" "I've got an angel grinder to hand and you can do it free hand?" "Fuck it, go on then."

  88. Duron Engineering

    Duron Engineering

    3 kuukautta sitten

    Wear safety gloves when using a grinder

  89. RC'Cool ǁ site ouvert

    RC'Cool ǁ site ouvert

    3 kuukautta sitten

    To answer the title and save you 12min: - The head of the F1 driver. That's it!

  90. Bogdan Radulescu

    Bogdan Radulescu

    3 kuukautta sitten

    Man seriously when you are handling carbon put gloves and mask. That shit is deadly if ingested or if it gets in lungs. We need you to make good videos like this one so wear protection :)

  91. Ig Ja

    Ig Ja

    3 kuukautta sitten

    Not only dust mask. Where are the ear plugs/muffs?

  92. Anthony James

    Anthony James

    3 kuukautta sitten

    probably should mention the flame retardant mesh to stop you breathing them

  93. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson

    3 kuukautta sitten

    What's inside...Ah, how about a drivers head?

  94. CookRacing UK

    CookRacing UK

    3 kuukautta sitten

    Would love to see some testing demos for the high end (Arai maybe), mid range (Bell) and cheap end (V2) helmets. Would be interesting to see where the money is spent. I go mid range, because I have a mid range head...

  95. avada


    3 kuukautta sitten

    2:35 How? That would be the interesting part. As far as I know electrochromic glasses are much slower, LCDs on the other hand eat-up half the light to begin with (eg: active 3d glasses)

  96. Richard Bradley

    Richard Bradley

    3 kuukautta sitten

    I find the wee pop noises incredibly annoying.

  97. martin hobby

    martin hobby

    3 kuukautta sitten

    You need mask to cut fiber carbon!!!!!!

  98. 5am


    3 kuukautta sitten

    Nice video! I'm interested in your helmet design... where did the idea come from? Who designed it? Etc

  99. Derek St. Gelais

    Derek St. Gelais

    3 kuukautta sitten

    This is the 1st time I've seen the timeline of the video broken into sections. That is very cool!

  100. Billy Richard Schofield

    Billy Richard Schofield

    3 kuukautta sitten

    I was expecting that to be a cake