Project C8 Corvette, Getting Track Safe with Peitz Performance and Simpson Safety

Since we have upgraded our C8’s wheels, tires, brakes, and suspension, the car is starting to turn some seriously fast lap times (1:52’s at Buttonwillow CW 13). We found that perhaps the thing that was now making the car difficult to drive was that it was pulling so many G’s it was hard to stay in the seat!  The C8 has pretty decent seats from the factory but when faced with racecar-like G forces, the side support was nothing like a modern race containment seat.  We decided to add a 4-point harness to the car to help hold us in during hard driving.  The harness had to not interfere with the factory seat belts for street driving and had to have the proper angles to work correctly.  We opted to use a harness bar and belt mounts from Peitz Performance with a clip-in racing harness from Simpson Race Products to do the job.

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The Peitz Performance harness mounts and harness bar kit comes pretty complete for a close to bolt-in solution to safely add a harness to a car that must also keep its stock seat belts.

The sort of uh, phallic-looking things are actually the mounts that your racing harness clips into.  You will see how they install in a bit.

This is the high-grade hardware for the harness bar and mounts.  This still is all stronger than the OEM hardware.

The kit even comes with a template and trim pieces for cutting your interior panel for the harness bar.

7 comments

  1. NASA
    The driver and any passenger must utilize modern style stock seatbelts in very good condition, or a DOT
    approved restraint system, while operating a vehicle on the track. Lap belts used without any shoulder
    restraints are not permitted. Restraint system requirements are listed in Section #11.4.8. The only fourpoint belt systems that are allowed for use in HPDE / TT are 1) those that carry an “FIA B-xxx.T/98 (or
    newer) certification, or 2) those that carry a label from the belt manufacturer stating that the belts meet
    Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 209 and that the belts were designated for the specific
    vehicle (e.g. “For use only in BMW E36 models”). Such label must be easily visible to the NASA inspector.
    Note- four-point belt sets that have a DOT-only certification are prohibited.

    1. Mark, we have put the bar and harnesses through multiple tech inspections over the last year and a half. The biggest thing NASA tech inspectors focused on was the harness angle being correct and the harnesses fitting on the driver in accordance with the manufacturer of the belts. I appreciate your input though.

      Thank you

    2. The belts required are concrete when going with the compromised 4 point setup. Make sure to read the rule books. Many instructors will not ride in 4 point cars and prefer the OEM belt, so make sure to have the option available.

  2. “People on the internet” are always saying it’s unsafe to run harnesses without a cage. The reasoning offered is since you are in a harness, you won’t be able to duck if the roof caves in. Different factors that come to mind are roof strength, whether ducking is physically possible in a rolling car, etc. but I don’t know if there is a definitive answer. Iirc NHTSA says in most rollover crashes impacting the inside of the car with your head is a bigger concern than the roof crushing. What are your thoughts?

    1. The main reason why this was done is that the car pulls so much G’s that it was hard to stay in the seat and that was hampering the ability to drive the car.

  3. Oh man, as a NASA instructor I would not be okay riding in a car with 4 point harnesses that didn’t have some sort of anti-submarine technology and certification for that specific vehicle, as Mark was citing. I don’t know how that would make it through tech. It wouldn’t/shouldn’t at a NASA North East event. I had Schroth 4 points in my E36, which had the specific label showing they were tested and certified for E36 chassis ONLY and that would still hang up the tech inspection.

    What does Simpson think about you using only part of their belt kit?

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