UK based fire and safety systems supplier, Lifeline, has announced further details about its new Zero 3620 fire suppression system, which it unveiled last month.
Aimed specifically at all forms of off-road motorsport, from WRC to extreme rally raid events, the Zero 3620 complies with the FIA’s revised safety regulations that are scheduled to be introduced in 2016.
“The FIA have deemed there should be the ability for any system to deal with a bigger and more severe engine bay and cockpit fire, more quickly and more effectively, over a greater area,” explains Jim Morris, managing director of Lifeline. “In considering the technical parameters involved, it was obvious to us that we would need to develop a system that would act quicker than anything we have produced before. What our engineers have come up with is a system so advanced that we already have two patent applications pending on it.”
The Zero 3620 makes use of a unique two-stage deployment, which Lifeline claims is capable of extinguishing the fire in milliseconds and, moreover, immediately prevents re-ignition. Because of its short reaction time, Zero 3620 uses less 3M Novec 1230 extinguishant, resulting in a lighter system, which reduces the vehicle’s overall weight.
“We are well ahead with production scheduling in our new factory with this product,” concludes Morris. “We expect to be able to supply orders as soon as the homologation is in place, well in advance of the mandatory deadline.”