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Belts vs harnesses & that Honda F1 thingy
AFAIK, the only DOT approved harnesses are the Schroth ones. Besides
the convenience features, they are constructed in a different manner
than _true_ racing harnesses (Bell, Simpson etc).
In a real racing harness the webbing is designed to stretch upon
impact. In fact, most teams replace their harnesses after any major
shunt; even if it visually looks ok. The Schroth are webbed much like
OEM seat belts, and is designed to work in conjunction with any SRS.
While a 4 (or more) point harness is desirable wrt performance
driving, using it in a car without a roll cage is questionable. In a
race car, the roll hoop/cage is designed to work with a harness
system, by holding the driver in place during a crash. In a street
car, if you roll while wearing a harness (dual shoulder-belts) you
can't duck or fold out of the way of the collapsing roof.. -> oops,
broken neck or worse. But hey, it's your neck...
On that Honda thingy .. ya mean the Acura NSX? (the torqueless
:-\ BTW, rumor has it Honda is putting out a 200hp Integra-R next
year, with boy racer effects and all. eeewww!