Bill Simpson was interviewed on TV (6 News), The Indy Channel talking about his helmet, video here. This marks the first time he has publicly spoke about the helmet and there are some interesting things we have learned because of it.
1. As reported in the comment section of the last post about the helmet, Simpson has sold Impact Racing to focus on football helmet making.
2. The shell is very thin
3. Made of carbon kevlar, making it
half the weight of weigh less than traditional helmets
4. NOCASE approved
5. Unique energy dispersing material
6. The profile and “sit” of the helmet is also different from the traditional helmets
Regardless of where the process is at, I feel that Simpson brings a unique and important product to the field this year. Only time will tell if the helmet will provide further protection for the football player but having more “tools” in the tool box certainly is not a bad thing.
All images are screen grabs from the above video interview.
UPDATE 14:00: From the c0mments below the face mask shown on the Simpson/Ganassi Helmet was ID’ed as a youth face mask. Also traditional helmets are weighing nearer the 4 lb. mark versus the 6 lb. mark. The final cost point will be interesting to see. (I emailed the commenter and have verified his credentials).