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Arai GP-5W Helmet SA2020


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Arai Auto Racing GP-5W SA2020 Helmet

The Arai GP-5W Auto Racing Helmet: Your Ticket to the VIP Racing Experience

Welcome to the next-gen of auto racing helmets, where style and substance join forces to deliver a turbocharged head-hugging experience. Introducing the Arai GP5W. Forget what you know about racing helmets because the GP-5W is rewriting the rules, one lap at a time!

Let's start with that drop-dead gorgeous, wider 90mm eye port opening. Not only does it make you look like you’re straight out of a futuristic racing movie, but that approx 3.5” top-to-bottom view? It's like watching the racetrack on IMAX. This isn’t just any window to the track; it's your panoramic penthouse view of the racing world.

Now, we've all had those moments, squinting through standard visors, missing out on the beauty of the track’s curves. No more! The exclusive shield on the GP-5W flaunts that larger opening, ensuring every twist and turn is yours to conquer.

Safety? The Arai GP-5W doesn’t just walk the talk; it revs the engine and roars. Snell SA2020 certified? Check. Factory-installed M6 washer/nuts? You bet. So, when it comes to anchoring your Head and Neck Restraint system, it’s smooth sailing (or should we say, smooth racing?). Plus, that cherry-on-top FIA-8859-2015 certification sticker nestled on the shell interior lining is just the nod from the pros you’ve been waiting for.

So, if you're the kind of racer who demands the best, whether you're tearing it up in stock car showdowns, pushing limits in a club race, or getting gritty with rally drives, the Arai GP-5W is your helmet soulmate.

The Arai Auto Racing GP-5W SA2020 Helmet is perfect for stock car, road race, and rally drivers. The GP-5W Helmet is a favorite because of its wider, 90mm (approx 3.5 top to bottom) eye port opening. The GP-5W uses its own exclusive shield with this larger opening.

The Arai GP-5W is Snell SA2020 certified with M6 washer/nuts installed at the factory. Drivers of any experience level will be able to easily install their Head and Neck Restraint system anchor posts (sold separately). The Arai Auto Racing GP-5W SA2020 also comes with the FIA-8859-2015 certification sticker found on the shell interior lining.


The GP-5W Helmet SA2020 is built with Arai's exclusive, very-lightweight SCLC (Super Complex Laminate Construction) shell technology. This ensures a low overall weight to balance the added weight of the helmet larger shield.


The The Arai Auto Racing GP-5W Helmet SA2020 helps reduce fatigue for the driver due to its more natural head shape, smaller shell size, and lower center of gravity to assist with balance and stability.


The The Arai Auto Racing GP-5W Helmet SA2020 is designed to closely match the shape of the human head, allowing for a snug, yet comfortable, fit. Arai has developed this natural shape over more than 50 years of helmet design research and refinement.


Sedan drivers will appreciate the larger, 90mm eye port, top to bottom. A visor peak is available for drivers not needing a shield on the The Arai Auto Racing GP-5W Helmet SA2020.


Low-maintenance, easy-to-clean cheek pads are removable, washable, and replaceable with pads of varying thickness to provide a snug, safe fit.


The FIA-8859-2015 certified ARAI GP-5W Helmet SA2020 is pre-installed with the M6 threaded washer/nut with 6mm threads. This convenient feature allows the driver to use the anchor system that works with their Head and Neck Restraints the best. The anchor post is made to rest flush on the helmet surface due to a flat surface area around the mounting nut. Accepts a variety of anchor systems for Head and Neck Restraints.


Sedan car and closed cockpit drivers need greater airflow when racing. The upper ventilation system of the ARAI GP-5W SA2020 Helmet incorporates two exhaust vents and two large intake ducts to help keep the driver cool and comfortable.

The correct way to measure your head for an Arai GP-5W helmet


Anti- Fog Shields in Clear, Light Tint and Dark Smoke; Standard shields in Clear, Light Tint and Dark Smoke.

An effective helmet is one that fits properly. Have an assistant use a measuring tape, or a piece of string to measure the circumference of your head starting at a point approximately one inch above the eyebrows in front, around a point in the back of the head that results in the largest possible measurement, and finally wrapping back to the front. It is a good idea to take several measurements to make sure you have the largest one.

The ARAI GP-5W helmet will ship to you with signature required for delivery.

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Remember that safety is paramount in auto racing, and choosing the right helmet and maintaining it properly is essential for your protection on the track. Always consult with the professionals at Discovery Parts and refer to the manufacturer's guidelines for specific questions about your racing helmet.

  1. Why do I need a racing helmet?

    Auto racing helmets are designed to protect drivers from head injuries and fire during high-speed races and crashes. They are a crucial safety component in motorsports.
  2. How do I choose the right size Arai GP-5W Auto Racing helmet? You should measure your head's circumference using a flexible tape measure, then refer to the manufacturer's sizing chart to select the appropriate size helmet. Please review our blog posting on how to properly fit your new auto racing helmet from Discovery Parts.
  3. What safety standards should I look for in a racing helmet? Look for helmets that meet safety standards like Snell and FIA depending on your racing discipline. These standards ensure the helmet's safety and quality. DOT helmets are designed for street use and not for racing and track use.
  4. What's the difference between full-face and open-face, and helmets? Full-face helmets provide the most protection with a complete face shield, while open-face helmets cover the top and sides of the head.
  5. Can I use a motorcycle helmet for auto racing? No, motorcycle helmets do not provide the same level of protection as auto racing helmets, as they are designed for different purposes. It's recommended to use a helmet specifically designed for auto racing which includes fire protection in addition to impact protection.
  6. How often should I replace my Arai GP-5W auto racing helmet? Auto racing helmets should be replaced every 5-10 years, depending on the manufacturer's recommendations and usage. If the helmet is involved in a crash, it should be replaced immediately.
  7. Are expensive racing helmets safer than budget ones? Safety standards dictate the minimum safety requirements, so even budget-friendly helmets can offer protection. However it’s important to consider how lower-priced helmets are meeting the required testing standards. More expensive helmets are lighter, smaller, are constructed of superior materials, and often come with additional features then less expensive helmets.
  8. How do I maintain and clean my  Arai GP-5W Auto racing helmet? Follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and maintenance. You should clean the exterior, interior and shield with the Molecule Helmet Care Kit.
  9. Do I need to wear a balaclava under my Arai GP-5W Auto racing helmet? Balaclavas are typically not required for Driver's Education events, however they make wearing a helmet much, much more comfortable. Balaclavas will provide fire protection (if fire rated), help keep your helmet lining clean and order free by absorbing the majority of sweat while using it, and additionally balaclavas make putting your helmet on and taking it off by protecting your ears and keeping from from folding over when you helmet is worn. Discovery Parts recommends balaclavas from Alpinestars, OMP, Sabelt, Sparco, and Stand21. If you are entering sanctioned auto racing events, balaclavas will be required for fire protection.
  10. Is the SNELL SA Rating important? The Snell SA2020 certification is a safety standard established by the Snell Memorial Foundation for auto racing helmets. It sets the criteria and requirements that helmets must meet to be considered safe and suitable for use in motorsport events. Snell SA2020 certification is highly regarded in the motorsports industry and is often required or recommended by racing organizations and events. It signifies that a helmet has passed rigorous testing to provide maximum safety for drivers in various motorsport disciplines, including road racing, NASCAR, Formula 1, drag racing, and more. It's essential for drivers to check the specific safety standards required by the racing organizations they participate in to ensure compliance.
  11. Is the FIA helmet certification important? Yes, FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) certification is crucial for auto racing helmets, especially in the context of international motorsport events and many national and regional racing series in the USA. The FIA 8859-2015 standard is commonly associated with racing helmets used in various motorsport disciplines. Helmets certified to FIA 8859-2015 met the safety requirements set by the FIA and were widely accepted in many racing series
  12. Which helmet certification is the most stringent and the hardest to meet? The FIA 8860-2018 certification is considered the most stringent and advanced helmet certifications available for auto racing helmets, and it is often associated with top-tier motorsport categories like Formula 1. It's important to note that the FIA 8860-2018 helmets offer a high level of protection and their use is mandatory in many racing series. Drivers should always check the regulations of the racing series they intend to participate in to ensure compliance with helmet certification standards.
  13. Can I wear glasses with my Arai GP-5W Auto Racing helmet? Most helmets have provisions for wearing glasses or goggles, but check the design to be sure. Most manufacturers feature helmet models with wider eye ports to better accommodate eye glasses.
  14. Are carbon fiber helmets better? Carbon fiber helmets are lightweight and strong, a top choice for racers. But remember, certification matters most.
  15. Can I use a used helmet for racing? It's best to buy a new helmet. Used helmets may have unseen damage or be out of date on safety standards.
  16. Can I buy replacement parts for my Arai GP-5W Auto Racing  helmet, like visors or padding? Many manufacturers offer replacement parts, including visors and padding, to extend your helmet's lifespan.
  17. How can I prevent helmet fogging during races? Anti-fog sprays and inserts are available to help keep your visor clear during races.
  18. What's the importance of proper helmet ventilation? Proper ventilation helps keep you cool and comfortable during races, reducing the risk of heat exhaustion.
  19. How do I store my Arai GP-5W Auto Racing helmet between races? Keep it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and chemicals in a bag designed to store your auto racing helmet, like the Discovery Parts Evo Helmet Bag.
  20. Where can I buy a certified racing helmet? You should only buy from a professional authorized dealer who has sold thousands of helmets. You can find all the best brands at Discovery Parts online at or visit our retail store at Atlanta Motorsports park or at one of the hundreds of race and track day events we attend and support.

Remember, safety should always come first in auto racing. Choose a certified helmet that meets the necessary standards to protect yourself on the track.

We take immense pride in offering a wide selection of Arai auto racing helmets, designed to meet the demands of professional racers and motorsports enthusiasts alike. Arai has been at the forefront of helmet innovation and safety for decades, earning a reputation as a top-tier brand in the racing world.

Key Features of Arai Racing Helmets:

  1. Unparalleled Safety: Arai racing helmets are engineered to the highest safety standards, including certifications like Snell and DOT approval, ensuring your head is well-protected in high-speed racing conditions.
  1. Premium Materials: Crafted with precision, Arai helmets feature carbon fiber construction, making them lightweight yet incredibly strong for maximum protection.
  1. Comfort and Fit: Arai's commitment to comfort is evident in the design of their helmets. They offer a range of sizes, and many models have customizable padding to ensure a snug fit.
  1. Aerodynamic Design: Arai helmets are designed with aerodynamics in mind, reducing wind resistance and enhancing performance on the track.

Our Extensive Bell Auto Racing Helmet Collection:

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Frequently Asked Questions About Arai Helmets:

  1. Where are Arai helmets made? Arai helmets are proudly manufactured in Japan, maintaining the highest quality standards.
  2. Is Arai a good helmet brand? Yes, Arai is renowned for its commitment to safety, innovation, and performance, making it a trusted choice among professional racers and enthusiasts.
  3. Are Arai helmets Snell approved? Yes, many Arai helmets are Snell approved, meeting rigorous safety standards.
  4. Are Arai helmets FIA approved? Absolutely, several Arai helmets are FIA 8860-2018 certified, ensuring they meet the most stringent safety requirements.
  5. Do Arai helmets run small? Arai offers a variety of sizes and often provides sizing charts to help you choose the right fit. It's important to measure your head and refer to their guidelines for a proper fit.

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