The fire hazard in modern motor racing has directed attention to the effective fireproofing of driver’s overalls. FPT claim to have reached a new stage of effectiveness in this direction with FPT fabrics which only change colour in an 800° C flame, when the new fabric is said to exude a compound gas which absorbs oxygen so that the fabric becomes self-extinguishing.
This also fills the space between overalls and inner coverall, forming an insulating and heat-resistant layer. Formed of three spun and woven fibres having each a different thermic behaviour, FPT material, created by Nereo Chiarotto, is said to resist for an extended period the worst flames. Details are available from Linea Sporto, Piazza de Agostini 3, Milan.