Almost as soon as the UTV was invented in the 1988, we found a way to go racing in them. The first-ever UTV race was in 1990s, and it didn’t take too long after that either for people to realize that UTV motorsport is dangerous.
It took (and countless motorsport fatalities) more for something serious to be done about the safety of the drivers. That gave birth to the modern roll cage as we know it. A roll cage is essentially a framework of heavy duty steel tubing welded together forming a protective cage around the driver’s compartment to prevent the roof caving in a rollover incident.
But how does a roll cage work in those high-speed crashes? That’s exactly what we’re going to tell you.
How A Roll Cage Makes UTV`s and SXS Indestructible?
Even the most sturdy UTVs are crash tested at speeds up to about 40 MPH, or just under 50 MPH in the case of rear collision testing – and some Utv models still have issues keeping the passenger compartment intact at those speeds.
Whether blazing through KING of HAMMERS or powering across the BAJA desert, We regularly sees Utv`s crashing at well over those speeds. This is where the extra strength that a roll cage brings to a car’s structure comes into play, which is why roll cages are mandatory in most race series, whether on road or off-road. That’s why roll cages are an absolute must: they provide vital reinforcement that stops roofs caving in and A/B pillars buckling under pressure – ensuring drivers stay safety.
Roll cages are 3D shells that are engineered to withstand the forces of impacts, whether it’s a rollover, a frontal crash into a barrier or another car, or even a side impact. Everything from the thickness of the steel tubing used, the geometric angles in which they’re laid out, and the butting of the welds used, and how many points they’re attached to the rest of the car determines the strength and crash worthiness of the roll cage.
Despite most SF Raceworks roll cage tubing being hollow to keep weight down, they’re incredibly strong structures due to the lattice design that distributes the forces generated in a crash through the entire structure. This is at the core of why a roll cage works so well in preventing a UTV from crumbling in a high speed crash.
Blog Introduction: Whether you’re an experienced off-roader or just starting out, safety is always a primary concern. After all, there’s nothing worse than getting stuck in a situation that could have been avoided with the proper preparation. That’s why investing in a roll cage for your UTV or SXS is essential for anyone seeking to maximize their safety and durability on the road. Let’s explore why roll cages are so important for off-roaders and what makes them so reliable.
Durability and Protection
The primary purpose of any roll cage is to provide structural support to your vehicle—in other words, it keeps your UTV or SXS from getting crushed or damaged when you encounter rollover or rough terrain. A good roll cage should be designed with heavy-duty steel tubing that can withstand significant impact without compromising its structural integrity. Additionally, SF Raceworks offer roll cages come with additional features such as side bars, which offer extra protection against side impacts and rollovers.
A well-designed roll cage not only provides protection but can also improve the overall ride comfort of your vehicle by reducing vibrations while driving over rough terrain. This is because most roll cages are designed to absorb some of the shock associated with hitting bumps and other obstacles on the road, resulting in a smoother ride overall. Additionally, having a sturdy frame around your vehicle helps reduce wind noise while driving at high speeds.
Other Benefits Of A Roll Cage
Roll cages don’t just make a Side by Side virtually indestructible, they also add all important rigidity to the chassis, preventing chassis flex that can potentially ruin a Utv’s handling. The hallmark of a good UTV platform is structural rigidity, where the chassis is able to withstand the tremendous forces its subject to – and we’re talking just driving forces, not even crashes!
With a roll cage, a UTV has a more rigid structure, and it makes it possible for you to get the best out of the tires, suspension and brakes. While some may argue that a roll cage adds weight and moves the centre-of-gravity of a car higher up, there’s no denying it adds more rigidity than merely seam welding all the joints in a car would. It’s also more stable a structure than just adding chassis braces between the front suspension and rear suspension.
At the end of the day, a properly designed and executed roll cage can help UTV and SXS drivers walk away largely unscathed from potentially fatal crashes. Here at SF Raceworks we’re glad to be part of motorsport, because it keeps the racing going!
Are Roll Cages Worth It?
Roll cages are essential additions for any off-roader looking to stay safe while out on the trails. They not only provide added protection against impacts but also reduce vibrations while driving over rough terrain, helping make rides more comfortable as well as safer! Additionally, they often come with several safety features such as headrests, seat belts, and harnesses which further increase passenger security in case of an accident—allowing you to enjoy peace of mind while out exploring nature! Investing in a quality roll cage is one of the best investments you can make if you want both maximum safety and durability for your UTV or SXS!