Motorsport race underwear is a specialised type of undergarment designed specifically for drivers and participants in motorsport activities. While playing a crucial role in enhancing comfort, performance, and safety on the track, it is also a requirement if you’re racing under FIA regulations.
In this article, we will explore what race underwear is, why it is important, and the main things to consider when commissioning your own.
What exactly is race underwear?
Motorsport race underwear refers to a range of undergarments specifically designed for drivers in various motorsport disciplines, such as Formula 1, rally racing, endurance racing, NASCAR and more. These undergarments are constructed using advanced materials to provide optimal comfort, performance, and protection for drivers in high-pressure racing environments.
Why is it important?
Enhanced comfort and temperature control
High-quality race underwear is designed for comfort with no compromises to functionality. The materials used are lightweight, breathable, and moisture-wicking, allowing drivers to stay cool and dry even in hot and physically demanding environments. By managing moisture effectively, race underwear helps prevent chafing and discomfort — enabling drivers to focus on their performance.
Increased fire resistance and safety
Race underwear is engineered to provide additional protection for drivers in the event of a fire or accident. The materials used are flame-resistant and comply with strict safety regulations. In the unfortunate event of a fire, FIA/SFI-approved underwear creates an additional layer which works as an additional barrier from fire to the skin.
Improved performance and endurance
The snug yet flexible fit of race underwear offers muscle support and helps reduce muscle fatigue during long races. Fyshe race underwear is compression fit — designed to improve blood flow which keeps drivers cool and reduced lactic acid build-up. This enables drivers to maintain better control over their vehicles and perform at their peak for extended periods.
What to consider when ordering your race underwear
Here are some of the things to think about when ordering your own garments:
Logo printing & embroidery
If you’re looking to add logos or other unique elements to your race underwear, bear in mind that these will have to be printed and cannot be embroidered. For underwear to be FIA 8856-2018 and SFI 3.3 approved, embroidery thread cannot touch the skin meaning printing is the only option.
If you’d like to understand more about print and embroidery logos, we have an article on this here.
Decide where you want your design elements
Some drivers opt for bespoke elements, like logos or other graphics, just for their tops and not for their pants. The reason is that when a race suit is down by the waist, any sponsor branding is still visible for all to see. With our race underwear, the process of ordering any underwear pieces is the same as ordering a bespoke race suit.
Simply get in touch, give us your specifications, and we’ll work with you to get your desired underwear.