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the implications for the systems already in service and offer alternatives to competitors who have system which are out of date.
Fire and safety systems specialist, Lifeline of Coventry UK, has been quietly working away throughout the season, preparing and perfecting their range of fire suppression systems, spearheaded by their ground-breaking new Zero 360 system, launched at the start of 2012. Since then, the system has been taken up by major teams and constructors, with feedback confirming its attributes - flexibility of specification, rigidity of installation, compactness and, of course, its speed and efficiency of operation.
Continuous research and development helps Lifeline keep its product range ahead of the game which is aided by the company’s liaison work on safety issues with the FIA and, more recently, the processes introduced by the company to satisfy the stringent requirements of the MOD, as Lifeline develop combat vehicle fire suppression systems to protect our armed forces.
Lifeline also manufacture a range of complementary safety products such as race mirrors, rollcage padding and quick-release steering wheel bosses and will be launching a new high intensity, low energy rain light later this year. Jim Morris, Lifeline’s MD, is upbeat about next year’s racing: “Whenever there is a major rule change in F1, as there will be next year, it seems to focus people’s attention more on their own category of racing and they look for innovation in every aspect of their new car. That’s why we take product development very seriously, as can be seen with our new Zero 360 system.”
Lifeline will be exhibiting at all the major shows during the build season, starting with PMWE at Cologne in November, where their latest product range will be on display.
Based in Coventry UK, Lifeline Fire and Safety Systems have a worldwide network of distributors whose contact details can be found on the Lifeline website www.lifeline-fire.co.uk