The brief seemed straightforward enough: Arai R&D was to create a full-featured, luxurious new helmet with extremely high performance. But also, to make it look stylishly fast, undeniably cool and very easy to live with over many miles. Naturally, it had to meet and exceed, perfectly, modern needs and expectations. Phew!

The new Quantic is the result of R&D’s extensive work carried out in the lab, on the road and out on the racetrack. As its mathematical definition describes, it draws together, in harmony, qualities and design elements found on helmets throughout the Arai range, from the popular Profile-V to range-topping, MotoGP-spec. RX-7V Racing. And adds fresh features all of its own.

Sitting between the Profile-V and RX-7V, the Quantic marks a brand new generation of sophisticated design from Arai and occupies fresh ground. Aimed at the enthusiastic, sports-touring long-distance rider with its high-specification interior, full, flexible ventilation, and stable aerodynamic performance, it offers high-speed comfort for the long haul.

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As with every Arai, the Quantic is formed around protection, first and foremost, and every incremental detail improvement present contributes to this overall goal. And, to that end, it’s the first Arai full-face to go through the new, more rigorous ECE R22-06 standard of which it is planned to be approved to ECE R22-06.

The new 3D Arai logo duct, air-scoop chin vent, F1-based dual tear-ducts and RX- 7V Racing-derived one-piece rear exhaust/spoiler were developed in the wind tunnel, in real-road conditions and at Suzuka. Alongside the brow vents and flush- fit rear exhausts, the Quantic’s ventilation guarantees a consistent, controllable flow of cooling air via a total of 12 ports in the shell – and from low, around-town speeds.

All-day wearability is the other key factor running through Quantic DNA. It features a 5mm flare around the base for easy access on and off, and the VAS MAX vision visor comes with a Pinlock insert ready to use. The new, premium brushed nylon interior is removable and features Facial Contour System (FCS), speaker pockets and neck roll wire pocket. It also features Emergency Release System (ERS). The Quantic has been designed from the outset for easy application of an intercom.

Comprehensive and controllable ventilation is based around 12 ventilation ports: six intake, six exhaust. The 3D Arai logo feeds cooling air into two central intake points and works well at low speed, alongside dual F1-derived tear duct top intakes, twin brow vents and two-position sliding air-scoop, filtered chin vent. Hot air is efficiently extracted via the three-way one-piece rear exhaust/spoiler, twin flush-fit side exhausts (with foam dams to reduce noise) and neck exhaust.

The new Quantic costs £499 and will be available in solid colours as well as several new designs, designed by famous Italian designer Aldo Drudi.