For the 2018 season the MSA blue book features a significant regulation change which effects fire extinguishers fitted into competition vehicles. To directly quote the blue book ‘All extinguishers must be serviced in accordance with the manufacturers guidelines, or every 24 months, whichever is sooner.’ The purpose of this article is to clarify this regulation change, outline the implications for the systems already in service and offer alternatives to competitors who have system which are out of date.
Up until 01/01/2018 the MSA was unique in that the service of the plumbed in fire suppression systems was only ever a recommendation, anyone who has had the opportunity to race on the continent will know that this in not the case and 2 yearly services are widely enforced in Europe. Enforcing mandatory services is first step by the MSA is part of the phasing in of FIA homologated fire suppression systems. From 01/01/2019 all new vehicles will require and FIA Homologated system from FIA technical list 16 or 52 and from 01/01/2022 all vehicles are required to be fitted with such a system. In anticipation of this all manufactures of MSA type systems have ceased manufacture of this type of system.
As long as the systems has been serviced to the manufacturers requirements then the system is compliant until 2019 for new cars or 2022 for existing cars. If the MSA system is outside of it’s service life, then it is a good opportunity to install an FIA approved system to ensure that the vehicle is future proofed for the coming regulation change in 2019 through to 2022.
All of the motorsport fire suppression systems that Lifeline Manufacture are FIA homologated, so what are the options available to competitors. The Zero 2000 range filled with AFFF are cost effective and now with Lifeline’s latest development in misting nozzles technology are more effective than ever at knocking fires down. If space and weight are a premium in the vehicle then the Zero 360 range is the perfect option, filled with Novec TM 1230 the zero 360 range features some of the lightest and most compact systems available today.
If your systems is due for service you can send the system back to Lifeline for service or a list of approved service agents can be found here.
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