Today, after extensive lobbying to the FIA and CAMS they have finally acted to recall non homologated race wear produced by Revolution Race Gear.
On the 10th of February 2018 The Motorsport Channel exclusively broke the news that Australian race suit manufacturer Revolution Race Gear had been producing race apparel without the required certification in place.
It has taken 122 days for the “Authorities” to Act and to be honest it’s totally not acceptable.
Those unsuspecting racers have purchased product in good faith that it’s not only within spec it also meets the FIA standard as it has the official FIA hologram attached.
Racers have NOT had insurance whilst wearing those dodgy and non approved products and CAMS must take full responsibility for that.
This is simply NOT an administration error as outlined in the official release from CAMS. This was a systematic fraud. We have it on good authority that Revolution Racegear wrote to the authorities and stated they were no longer manufacturing suit RS 161.08 back in November 2017.
They in fact attempted to get a new suit homologated but this failed leaving them with no FIA homologation number to product custom suits as used by Supercar teams. This didn’t stop them and they simply continued to make suits bearing the out of date and non homologated number.
It has also been alleged to The Motorsport Channel by affected competitors, team owners and sponsors that legal action is pending.
To say there has been a huge error and lack of duty of care is an understatement one competitor said. It’s not just a couple of suits as indicated in the release it’s a massive number that also include Speedway and other forms of motorsport.
Below is the official release from CAMS
A small number of race suits have been recalled, after an administrative error by Revolution Racegear saw it produce suits that had not been correctly homologated.
CAMS and the FIA investigated the matter and found Revolution Racegear had produced race suits in breach of the FIA homologation agreement.
Importantly, there is no safety issue with the suit – the affected suits have been tested and met FIA homologation requirements – rather, it is an administrative error where suits have been produced for a short period of time beyond the FIA homologation expiry, and therefore labelled incorrectly.
The impacted suits are labelled RS.161.08 – however this recall only applies to suits with this number produced from 1 November, 2017 onwards.
Given these suits are not considered homologated by the FIA, they are unable to be used. The suits produced prior to this date are within the FIA Homologation for this suit and are compliant for use.
Revolution Racegear has commenced the recall process and will be contacting customers that purchased the affected suits directly – however if you have any concerns about your suit you should contact CAMS or Revolution Racegear.
The FIA Homologation process for safety apparel, such as race suits, presents the highest possible standards in motor sport for this equipment, combined with a robust testing, quality control and product authenticity process.
It is the responsibility of each manufacturer to ensure they remain compliant with the FIA homologation requirements.
Any breach of these requirements does impact the sport across the board. FIA and CAMS will take all necessary action to ensure the continued compliance of all manufacturers.
Full release on CAMS Website.