What is a HANS device?
A HANS Device (HANS being short for Head And Neck Support) is a shoulder-mounted safety device worn by drivers in motorsports such as Formula One, WRC, and the British Touring Car Championship to prevent head and neck injuries in the event of a crash.
The device attaches to the driver's helmet and is worn under the racing harness, creating a tether that limits the movement of the driver's head and neck in the event of an accident and sudden forward motion.
HANS is a brand name owned by Simpson Motorsport, one of the most popular and well-known manufacturers of these devices.
About HANS Devices
In terms of safety, all HANS Devices (also known as a Frontal Head Restraint / FHR) have been proven effective in reducing the impact of head and neck injuries in motorsports and are regulated by FIA standards.
Designed with a focus on comfort and safety, HANS Devices are made from lightweight, high-strength materials and are designed to fit securely over a driver's shoulders and under their race harness. The device's tethers attach to the helmet, and during an impact will alleviate the symptoms of whiplash.
HANS Devices are mandatory for all professional motorsports, including BTCC, WRC, and Formula One. However, they are now mandatory for amateur and weekend competitors as well.
When choosing a HANS Device, it's important to select one that fits for body and is comfortable to wear. You should also ensure that the device meets the specific requirements of the motorsport series you're competing in and is certified by the governing body.