Tech Talk Fire Suppression System
After experiencing a fire incident, up and coming racer Trey Gropp, asks our very own Jason Martin about how to properly install a fire suppression system to his sprint car.
There are a lot of fire suppression system options available for racers. Jason walks through one of the most widely used, lightweight, user-friendly and easy to install option. The aluminum bottle comes with a mount for installation. Many people choose to position the bottle behind the seat or down beside the seat on an angle rail. It’s important to remember to keep the top valve above the fluid level, so the fire bottle functions properly.
You can choose to have one spray nozzle or two. You can run a line straight from the bottle to a T if you want to put two nozzles on. Then you insert the feral fitting and tighten it. On the other end of the line, put the spray nozzle on and you’ll be set.
Once the lines and nozzles are in place, all that’s left to do is set up the release handle. It’s a safety cable with a pin that can be pulled whenever the driver needs. The cable can be positioned wherever is most convenient for the driver. They are also easy to trim if needed. Once the cable is trimmed to the optimum length, the holes must be lined up to reinsert the safety pin. Then, the fire bottle is easy to deploy by pulling the pin and can help you handle a fire situation.