New PCA DE Rule Coming

The number one priority of PCA’s HPDE (High Performance Driving Experience) Program is track safety. A core belief in the DE program is that a person can purchase a stock Porsche and take it to the track for an HPDE weekend, after an appropriate tech inspection of course.

Some people choose to modify their cars to increase performance and others to increase safety. A popular modification made to track cars is the addition of a multi-point harness system. Starting January 1, 2019, the PCA DE Minimum Standards will be expanded to state that if a driver uses a harness system, he or she will ALSO be required to utilize a head and neck restraint system, commonly referred to as a HANS device.

A head and neck restraint device is an integral part of the harness system. Because the rule of equal restraint always applies, if a driver uses a harness system there must also be a harness system available and used by the passenger. Thus, both the driver and passenger will be required to use a HANS device. We highly encourage all DE participants to not wait until 2019 to comply with this new minimum standard. Head and neck restraint system devices are now more affordable and easily purchased online.

The DE Committee’s decision was made over the course of two years after careful review of options, conversations with DE participants and discussion of a variety of perspectives. Please pass on this information to your DE drivers and instructors as soon as possible to avoid any confusion.

2 Comments

  1. Dan W Chambers
    Posted June 2, 2018 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    I believe all vehicles driven on a track where speeds exceed 90 MPH should be required to have 5-point harness (or 4-Pt in some special cases) systems, especially for Insructors. The notion of travelling at triple-digit speeds with an inexperienced driver controlling the vehicle, wearing only a “3-point seat belt” and having no control over the vehicle from the passenger seat is terrifying. I have nearly been thrown out of a student’s GT3 when instructing and wearing only a seat belt. IMHO, ALL track-used vehicles should have 5-Pt. harness systems as standard safety equipment. If the Student is that interested in tracking their car, let them upgrade the safety equipment. If they want to feel the rush of higher-than-street-legal acceleration and speed without proper safety equipment, let them autocross.

  2. Gus Franke
    Posted November 26, 2018 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    No sure I agree with all DE cars having a 5 point harness any more than I agree with the new HANS requirement if you have a 5 point harness but not if you have stock seat belts. if all cars have a 5 point system, then all cars need to have roll bars that meet racing standards. If you have a 5 point and no roll bar you are not going to fair well in a bad crash. If you require a HANS device with a 5 point and not a roll bar – this will place the driver at greater risk. Talk among friends that have 5 points is converting back to stock belt system – no HANS, no expiration date. Not necessarily the smart route – but probably matches some of the decisions being made.

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