Although these are non-mandatory safety devices in the world of racing karts regulated by FIA Karting (however, they are compulsory in other classes such as Cross or Speeddown karts, to find out everything about these types of vehicles we recommend reading “Dossier | The definitive guide : how to start with go-karts“), it is not uncommon to see them worn by drivers in track competitions, from amateur to international ones. These devices are used to prevent permanent damage to the cervical spine, following blows or rear-end collisions, caused by neck trauma such as hyperflexion (violent forward movements); hyperextension (violent backward movements); lateral hyperflexion and excessive axial load (compression of the cervical spine). However, that’s not all, these protectors can also help less trained kart drivers to relieve the strain on their necks when cornering and accelerating or braking. We have scanned the market for these safety devices and have selected 4 kart collars in different price ranges, highlighting the main construction characteristics for each one and the precautions implemented by each manufacturer to ensure the right balance between safety and comfort.
N.B. As always, we are also waiting for the intervention of the TKART community which can enrich this selection of collars for karting via the “contributions” at the end of this article.
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