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Arai GP-7SRC 8860-2018 Carbon Fiber Helmet


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Arai GP-7SRC 8860-2018 Carbon Fiber Helmet


The new ARAI GP-7SRC is a stunning example of Arai vision and technological mastery, engineered into a functional, real-world piece of safety equipment. It begins with a startling advancement: a proprietary carbon fiber weave that combines its existing properties of high strength and extreme light weight.

The ARAI proprietary carbon fiber has a property that standard carbon fiber does not possess: flexibility. (Standard carbon fiber tends to splinter or shatter instead of flex on impact.) The result is a helmet ready for the unparalleled demands and requirements of high end closed-cockpit racing. The remaining list of ARAI GP-7SRC features and advances is impressive because, for this helmet and its prospective user, it simply has to be. The ARAI GP-7SRC meets or exceeds the latest FIA 8860-2018 homologation standards. Fits Intermediate-Oval head shapes.


Large, closable intake vents combined with a 10mm vent greatly increase air intake. Larger 10mm rear vent hole increases air flow further compared to previous models.


Positive latch mechanism provides solid shield latching while allowing normal operation of the shield. Designed to be an integral component of the shield system, not just an add-on afterthought. Simplicity of the function belies the complexity of the design.


Integrated seats to accommodate a variety of Head and Neck Restraint devices. Pre-installed M6 threaded washer/nut with 6mm threads accepst a variety of anchor systems, making installation much easier. Flat surface area around the mounting nut allows the anchor post base to rest flush with the helmet surface.


Proprietary carbon fiber material and weave provide an extremely strong yet flexible material, helping manage impact energy. Multiple reinforcing materials are used to improve performance and keep weight and size to a minimum.


Pre-cut pocket under the crown pad can be easily removed to accommodate the optional eject system.


The ARAI GP-7SRC chin liner is now more easily removed to install a drink tube into the liner. The chin liner comes standard with four different drink hose placements.



The GP-7SRC 8860-2018 is available in sizes Extra Small to Large

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Arai GP-7SRC 8860-2018 Carbon Fiber Helmet Size Chart Image

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-7SRC helmet will ship to you with signature required for delivery.


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-7 SRC Carbon Fiber 8860-2018 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 Arai GP-7 SRC Carbon Fiber 8860-2018 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-7 SRC Carbon Fiber 8860-2018 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-7 SRC Carbon Fiber 8860-2018 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-7 SRC Carbon Fiber 8860-2018 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-7 SRC Carbon Fiber 8860-2018 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-7 SRC Carbon Fiber 8860-2018 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-7 SRC Carbon Fiber 8860-2018 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:

  1. Arai GP-7SRC ABP 8860-2018 Carbon Fiber Helmet
  2. Arai GP-7SRC 8860-2018 Carbon Fiber Helmet
  3. ARAI GP-7 SA2020 Helmet
  4. ARAI GP-5W SA2020 Helmet

Frequently Asked Questions About Arai Helmets:

  1. Where are Arai helmets made? Arai helmets are proudly manufactured in Japan, maintaining the highest quality standards.
  1. 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.
  1. Are Arai helmets Snell approved? Yes, many Arai helmets are Snell approved, meeting rigorous safety standards.
  1. Are Arai helmets FIA approved? Absolutely, several Arai helmets are FIA 8860-2018 certified, ensuring they meet the most stringent safety requirements.
  1. 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.

For racers who demand the best in safety and performance, Arai auto racing helmets are the ultimate choice. Explore our extensive collection to find the perfect helmet for your racing needs.

Arai Racing Helmets: Arai Racing Helmets are renowned for their exceptional quality and safety features. With a wide range of models to choose from, you can find the perfect Arai Racing Helmet to suit your racing needs.

Arai Racing Helmet: Each Arai Racing Helmet is a product of meticulous craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology. When you wear a Arai Racing Helmet, you're choosing a helmet that prioritizes your safety and performance on the track.

Arai Race Helmets: Arai Race Helmets come in various styles and designs to cater to different types of motorsports. Whether you're into karting, open-wheel racing, or stock car racing, Arai has race helmets tailored for your specific discipline.

Arai Race Helmet: Your Arai Race Helmet is more than just protective gear; it's a crucial part of your racing ensemble. The aerodynamic design of a Arai  Race Helmet helps reduce wind resistance, giving you a competitive edge.

Arai Helmet: A Arai Helmet is a symbol of trust in motorsports. Professional racers and amateurs alike rely on the comfort, safety, and durability that Bell Helmets provide during intense racing conditions.

Arai Helmets: Arai Helmets have a rich history of innovation and excellence. The extensive range of Arai Helmets ensures that there's a model suitable for every racer, whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting in the sport.

Arai Carbon Fiber Helmet: Arai Carbon Fiber Helmets combine the lightweight properties of carbon fiber with advanced safety features. These helmets are a top choice for racers seeking the ultimate in protection without sacrificing comfort.

Race Car Helmet: A race car helmet is a fundamental piece of safety gear for any racer. Arai's race car helmets are engineered to meet the rigorous demands of motorsports, ensuring you stay safe on the track.

Racing Helmet: Your racing helmet is your shield against potential accidents. Arai Racing Helmets are designed to offer superior impact protection while maintaining optimal visibility and ventilation.

Racing Helmets: Racing helmets are a racer's best friend. Arai Racing Helmets, with their reputation for quality and safety, are the go-to choice for many professionals and enthusiasts in the racing community.

Arai Racing: Arai Racing is synonymous with excellence in the motorsports industry. Their commitment to research, development, and testing has solidified their position as a leader in racing helmet technology.

Auto Racing Helmet: When it comes to auto racing, your helmet is your first line of defense. Arai Auto Racing Helmets are engineered to withstand the rigors of high-speed racing, ensuring your head is protected.

Auto Racing Helmets: Auto racing helmets from Arai are designed to provide optimal head protection while maintaining lightweight and aerodynamic qualities, allowing you to perform at your best.

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Spencer B.
Helmet Nirvana Achieved

The Arai GP-7SRC has ticked all boxes for my closed-cockpit GT racing needs. It's not just the FIA certification, but the attention to detail—like the pre-cut pocket for the eject system—that makes it shine. Plus, it's a surprisingly comfortable helmet.

Wesley S.
A Triumph of Design and Safety!

Switched to the Arai GP-7SRC from another high-end brand and it's like night and day. The field of vision is excellent, and the helmet is incredibly lightweight. It feels like an extension of my race gear, not an addition.

Samuel N.
Top of the Line Safety and Comfort!

As a veteran racer, I've gone through my share of helmets, but the Arai GP-7SRC is in a league of its own. The proprietary carbon weave isn't just marketing talk; it's a tangible difference you can feel, especially in the neck after a long stint at the wheel. The fit is snug without being constricting, and the flexibility of the material gives me peace of mind, knowing it can absorb impacts better than standard carbon fiber.

Tristan L.
The Ultimate in Head Protection

I recently upgraded to the GP-7SRC for my endurance races, and it's a game-changer. The ventilation system keeps me cool under pressure, and the positive shield latch mechanism is genius—easy to operate even with gloves on. It's clear Arai has put a lot of thought into every aspect of this helmet.

Raphael F.
Safe and Sound with Arai

The flexibility of the carbon fiber is a standout feature for me. It fits my intermediate-oval head shape perfectly, and the ventilation is a blessing on hot track days. Only downside is the weight—it's a tad heavier than I expected, but nothing that would keep me from recommending it.

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