This is the AGV Pista GP – the new premium range helmet from AGV that is being used by AGV sponsored MotoGP riders. This model was named ‘Project 46’ and it is the same design that Rossi wore when testing out the Pista helmet in 2012.
The AGV Pista was first seen during the MotoGP winter tests in 2012, when Rossi was on the Ducati Desmosedici GP12. The helmet wasn’t in production at that point and it didn’t have an official name – it was simply called ‘Project 46’.
The new design is said to be the most aerodynamic yet from AGV, and the helmet also has the greatest field of vision of all their helmets. The helmet was created in conjunction with feedback from Valentino Rossi, in fact, in many ways the helmet was built for Valentino Rossi in a way that no other previous helmet has – AGV took biometric scans of Rossi’s head and face, to ensure an optimal fit. In fact all AGV racers now have the same biometric scanning to ensure they have custom fits that are optimized for their heads.
Much was written about the new helmet when Rossi first tested it – it looked sleek and aggressive, and had a design that looked like it had come straight from the designers blueprints. It was Matt Black, with ‘Project 46’ printed in yellow down the side. The sides and top of the helmet had various measurements and markings detailing some of the improvements in the helmet design – example: ‘air flow +193%‘
Talking about the increased field of vision, Valentino Rossi was quoted as stating that it was like “like switching from TV to cinema.“.
This ‘next generation’ helmet is now on the production line and available for purchase. Obviously you won’t get your own biometric scan, but the AGV Pista has all the cutting edge features that professional racers enjoy, including increased air flow and a much greater field of vision (increased by +15° compared to past AGV helmets).
AGV claim that the Pista has an ‘exclusive’ ergonomic design that makes the ‘Project 46’ the most aerodynamic lid in its class, and they have even gone as far to state that the Pista will lift the bar higher for all helmets and establish a new standard.
This is the official launch video for the Pista helmet range from AGV, which shows how the Pista was designed in conjunction with feedback from Valentino Rossi – the video also shows how they scanned Rossi’s head to ensure an optimal ergonomic shape for racers.
Official Description for the AGV Pista:
The Pista GP is the revolutionary new top of the range model. Developed in collaboration with Valentino Rossi and other riders from the World Championship Series, the Pista GP sets new standards in terms of protection and ergonomics and is the benchmark for professional race helmets. The carbon fibre shell and the EPS internal components were optimised using FEM techniques (Finite Elements Analysis) to obtain an extremely high performance helmet in terms of size, light weight and protection. The result is a helmet that is significantly superior than the limits set by ECE standards and that weighs just 1275 g (refers to MS size in the ECE 2205 version).
The entire ventilation system was designed using computational fluid dynamic modelling and wind tunnel tests. This helmet is highly efficient at removing heat and moisture from the rider’s head. Thanks to its large rear spoiler, the Pista GP boasts first class performance in terms of aerodynamic penetration and high speed stability. Overall, the visor aperture is 9% bigger meaning a 15° improvement in vision which obviously enhances the active safety factor.
The fit of the Pista GP was developed using “Human Engineering” whereby the design starts from the surfaces in contact with the wearer’s head. The inside of the helmet starts with a concave 3D structure that is pre-shaped to match the contours of the rider’s head and any surfaces in contact with the head are stitch-free. The Lycra® and Shalimar® sanitized internal components are fully adjustable due to the fact that the position and depth of the crown pad can be modified as can the thickness of the cheek pads. The combination of these solutions, which are covered by three separate patents, make the Pista GP fit the different cranial shapes as never before
-Pay attention: the helmet comes with clear visor only. Other visors are sold separately.
-New visor mechanism in metal with swivel opening. Rapid visor release system requiring no tools and allowing the visor to be removed and replaced in seconds
-Visor Lock System (VLS) that reduces the risk of accidental opening in the event of an accident. The visor meets Class 1 optical standards with a thickness up to 3.3 mm
Exterior and interior shell
-Inner EPS shell in 4 sizes
-External shell in CA (100% Carbon fiber) in 4 sizes
-Interiors Inside paddings: completely removable and washable
-Breathable, micro-perforated Lycra® crown pad with concave 3D structure that is pre-shaped in a single piece moulded around the contours of the rider’s head thanks to Rabbit System
-3D Shalimar® cheek pads with multi-density foam. Inner liners covered by three patents. Possibility to customize cheek pads fit with the removable foam inserts.
-Ventilation system designed and optimised in a wind tunnel, comprising 4 front vents (3 at the front and one on the chin guard) and 2 rear extractors
-IVS (Integrated Ventilation System) ventilation with large air ducts hollowed into the shell and vents which direct air to the rider’s head
-Air intakes with protective metal frames and mesh are in the “always open” position. Racing plugs are available for bad weather
-Large rear spoiler optimised in a wind tunnel to maximise aerodynamic performance and ventilation, even at high speed. Spoiler designed to detach from the helmet in the event of an accident to increase passive safety
-Weight (ECE2205): 1275 g (+/- 50g) in MS size
Check out the AGV Pista 46 helmet review by Revzilla:
Image gallery of the Project 46 Helmet:
This is a stunning looking helmet, but be warned, it is not cheap and you will be paying a premium price for it. It is extremely lightweight and the matt design with minimal graphics make it look like it has literally just come off the production line. Usually retails around $1,000 / £800, but you can find it cheaper.
Check pricing and availability from recommended outlets below.
|Check out the AGV Pista Project 46 at Amazon|
|Check out the AGV Pista Project 46 at SportsbikeShop.co.uk.|
|Check out the AGV Pista Project 46 at Revzilla|
|Check out the AGV Pista Project 46 at FC-Moto|
Check out the AGV Pista Project 46 at MotorcycleSuperstore.com