Racer 3 is the most versatile Vircos suit you can order.
You ride on the road and you ride on the race track but sometimes you also find yourself alone in the garage admiring your bike.
Your bike might still have indicators and mirrors; you love racing and you look forward to the next track day with your mates, but mountain passes are also your natural environment.
If you see yourself in this description then the RACER 3 might be the right suit for you.
Race cut but not extreme, obviously tailor-made and compatible with the versatile Tech-Air 5 airbag system.
These are the main characteristics of the Vircos RACER 3; the perfect suit for a track day combined with the Tech-Air 5 in RACE mode and at the same time for a road ride, if combined with the Tech-Air 5 in STREET mode.
Racer 3 is designed and handcrafted in the Vircos HQ in Italy.
Equipped with 8 level 2 CE certified protectors for the rider, in the search for the limit, it also offers the ability to integrate the Vircos Thora-X chest protector, raising the safety level to that of the world’s leading professionals.
Made from 100% kangaroo leather, or in a kangaroo/cow leather combination which is entirely tanned in Italy.
Comfort is guaranteed not just by the fundamental and essential bespoke tailoring, but also by the use of strategically-positioned specific areas of elasticated STRETCH LEATHER and the use of extensive areas of Kevlar Dupont with no cuts or seams, maximising comfort and exceeding the expectations of even the most demanding riders.
Everything superfluous has been removed: RACER3 is a lightweight suit with high aerodynamic penetration. The hump on the back is designed to create a single line with the helmet, eliminating turbulence, whilst the external shoulder protectors, elbow sliders and knee sliders are designed to slip smoothly through the air at high speeds without creating any deficit or friction.
The modern riding style has led riders to move increasingly outside of the outline of their motorcycle, leaning just their body towards the inside of the curve to then be as fast as possible to come out of the curve itself with their bike straight, ready to put the pedal to the metal and charge down the road with all the horsepower they have. To do this, you need solid supports, and RACER3 offers interchangeable sliders for both knees and elbows, allowing you to constantly seek out that extreme performance.
Not all seams are created equal, and we have carefully selected only the most resistant ones after having tested them thoroughly.
Nothing is left to chance, as form translates into substance and every detail is carefully designed for a specific use. The grip on the inner surface of the knee protects the skin from any wear or abrasion due to contact with the tank, whilst the hump is compatible with camelbaks to keep you hydrated during hotter rides.
No part of the rider’s body comes into contact with rigid materials, as the neck is entirely padded with neoprene and the edges of the suit (wrists and ankles) are made of 3D MESH fabric and finished with a trim of Lycra Shield Hexagon, a fabric with an extremely high resistance to abrasion, placed in high-risk areas to prevent any defects.
The inner lining of the RACER3 copies the external lines exactly so as to further increase the level of comfort. Just like the outer part, it is also equipped with elastic inserts, and is entirely removable, washable and antibacterial.
Racer3 is compatible with the Airbag system from Alpinestars Tech-Air 5.
Tech-Air® 5 is a slim, self-contained wearable airbag vest that can be worn under any proper fitting textile jacket or lech-Air compatible jacket, or any leather jacket with 4 cm of space around the circumference of the rider’s chest.
Tech-Air® 5 offers unrivaled upper body protection keeping motorcycle riders safe by uniquely covering the rider’s shoulders, chest, ribs and full back, effectively and efficiently minimizing the risk of the rider sustaining shoulder and collarbone injuries.
Alpinestars Tech-Air® 5 provides the most comprehensive coverage of any airbag currently
Vircos RACER 3 is AAA Certified.
What does that mean?
Wearing a Vircos suit from the Bespoke Racing Gear line doesn’t just mean wearing the motorcycle suit you really want – it means wrapping yourself in a fully-fledged safety device.
You can rest assured though, that before it ever reaches you our MotoGP and Superbike riders have already tested it; in addition to it being fully certified in a series of demanding lab tests that mimic real world crashes.
Standards are made to be beaten. Motorsport is always a challenge, for each rider personally before you even think about your opponents.
In Vircos we approached the CE certification standards with the same attitude, challenging ourselves to reach the highest possible standard. But, before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s break it down in order…
What does it mean for a suit to be certified?
To answer this question first we have to step back to definitions and classifications. Leather suits are certified as PPE – Personal Protective Equipment.
This makes it fall under a similar category to your helmet, or even a work uniform – if you have one. As such it is an object designed and engineered to protect the wearer from risk. In the same way a fireman’s uniform protects from the risk of fire a motorcycle suit protects from the risk that arises from riding a motorbike.
Since December 21st 1989 – in regard to the regulation 89/686/CEE – every leather suit or more general motorcycle garment was supposed to be CE certified; but, in reality, most of the motorcycle clothing industry ignored this obligation.
It was common for companies to put out garments that contained CE certified protectors but with the garment itself not certified and tested.
This happened because the old CE regulation (the EN 13595) was too restrictive – in the sense that it was mainly written for functional work garments, such as police leather trousers and jackets – and not ever really optimised or orientated to the leather suits produced for racing.
To make something that was practical, comfortable and useable for a racer, within the standard was almost not possible.
So, the standard EN 13595 existed – but was largely ignored.
Despite this, at Vircos we did a have a model of race suit (The Vircos AIR-GAP) that was certified to this standard. We made it as a challenge to ourselves, that we wanted to explore to show the level of our products, even against such a difficult standard.
With the introduction of the new regulation EN 17092 however, the motorcycle industry as a whole needed to change its view.
With a new harmonised standard, which works across multiple disciplines, all garments are supposed to be certified.
It’s a very different story when every single aspect of the garment is considered (and then tested) against its aim to protect the user. Every seam, every material, every mould – all aspects of the construction of the suit – are tested again and again in a lab, to ensure they meet the standards.
Back to the way we approach the CE certification…
The regulation divides motorcycle garments into different classes:
- Class AAA Garments: Highest level of protection from impact and abrasion.
- Class AA Garments: Protection from impact and abrasion.
- Class A Garments: Minimum necessary degree of protection from impact and abrasion.
- Class B Garments: Designed to provide equivalent abrasion protection of Class A but without impact protectors.
- Class C Garments: Impact protectors ensemble garment.
As we only make leather suits for racing of course we had our eye on the highest standard of EN 17092 – but this wasn’t enough; we wanted to beat these standards, performing way beyond the base requirements.
The traction resistance for the seams in one of our suits is up to 145% tighter than the required norm of the highest standard of EN 17092 AAA.
Only Scholler Kevlar is used on our suits, because the tear resistance of that specific material is up to 5 times higher than the required standard of EN17092 AAA.
How can I check if my garment is CE Certified?
In every CE Certified garment you will find a label stating that it is CE certified. In addition to the label there will be a booklet which explains the class and level of certification. Also in this booklet is the information of a special website where you can request the DoC – the Declaration of Conformity – of the product.
No DoC means it’s not certified!
If you’ve been reading this article for a while, congratulations! We know this sort of thing isn’t as sexy as a picture of a MotoGP rider mid-corner, but it’s a hugely important part of our job, so we thank you for reading it and getting properly informed.
If you have any questions regarding certification our CUSTOMER CARE department is available to answer any questions you have. Don’t hesitate to get in touch and ask if you want to.
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