This is a non-toxic, odorless environmentally safe fire suppression system that id biodegradable and leaves no residue after being deployed. It gives off no toxic fumes and is harmless to the skin and eyes. This is the perfect solution for the SpecMiata!
The system is offered in a 2.3 liter (roughly 5 lbs) or 5.0 liter (10.5+ lbs) system and is approved by SCCA, NASA, PCA, BMWCCA, ICSCC and others for competition use and track day use. This is a 3 nozzle (2 Zone) system utilizing a T-style nozzle design, a bulkhead tee fitting for two nozzle coverage of the engine compartment. This kit comes complete with all fittings, stainless steel mounting brackets, pull cable activation, our re-designed pull cable mounting bracket, 10 feet of aluminum tubing and detailed installation and use instructions.
The 2.3L system is a two zone system. It is designed to give protection to two zones in the event of a fire. Most common nozzle placement is for the driver and the engine compartment. In place of the engine, the fuel cell or gas tank could be the second zone.
- Excellent coverage through the use of the new T-style nozzles.
- Field rechargeable in under 30 minutes.
- Easy to remove for technical inspection.
- Not harmful to the driver or the vehicle.
- Spun cast aluminum cylinder.
- Aluminum 2 port head.
- Slotted pull cable bracket.
- Adjustable length pull cable.
- Safety cup and pin for pull handle.
- Safety pin for cylinder actuator.
- (2) -4 AN to 1/4" NPT head fittings.
- (1) -4 AN Bulkhead Tee and Nut.
- (8) -4 AN Nuts and Sleeves
- Insulated "D" clamps.
- 10ft 1.4" aluminum tubing.
- (3) T-style nozzles.
- (2) Stainless steel T-bolt band mounts with integrated feet.
- Non-fracturing head seal.
- 8 oz. AFFF Concentrate.
- Emergency "E" sticker.
- Detailed and illustrated instruction manual.
2.3L System Specs
- 13 3/8" overall length.
- 4 3/8" bottle diameter.
- 5 7/8" floor to highest point.
- Weight Full = 7 lbs 10 oz.
- Weight Empty = 2 lbs 14 oz.
- CO2 cartridge weight = 147 grams.
5.0L System Specs
- 19" overall length.
- 5 1/4" bottle diameter.
- 7" from floor to highest point.
- Weight Full = 16 lbs 2 oz.
- Weight Empty = 5 lbs 4 oz.
- CO2 cartridge weighs 270 grams.
What is AFFF?
AFFF is a water based synthetic animal protein solution that is lighter than oil, alcohol and petroleum products. When properly mixed and aerated into a foam, it will create a floating film on flammable materials that prevents fumes and vapors from igniting or re-igniting after a fire. It is a biodegradable solution that leaves virtually no residue and can safely be cleaned off with water.
Why use AFFF?
AFFF (Aqueous Film Forming Foam) is a non-toxic, odorless, environmentally safe, fire suppression agent. It is one of the very few approved agents in Europe for both racing and commercial use. It gives off not toxic fumes and in a properly mixed solution it is harmless to the skin and eyes. Fuel fires and flash-back occur not when the liquid is hot but when the vapor is released and comes in contact with an ignition source. AFFF is not only a suppressant on an active fire, but can be used as a preventative measure in stopping one from occurring. A broken fuel line may not have ignited when first detected but as soon as it finds an ignition source it will. AFFF can be administered as soon as it is detected the foam barrier will have prevented the fire.
How does it work?
In the past, foam was created at the nozzle by aerating with available oxygen. All other systems in use today follow this method. These systems are pre-pressurized with nitrogen, oxygen or other gas mixtures to force the liquid from the cylinder to the nozzle. ESS is using a patented non-pressurized system that creates the foam in the cylinder before it is sent to the nozzle. The propellant that we use is liquid CO2 a firefighting agent on its own, in a cartridge on the outside of the cylinder. The propellant is injected into the liquid creating a foam that is the consistency of shaving cream.
An advantage of this method over the others is that the pressure remains constant as the CO2 is metered into the liquid solution as the system is activated. Pre-pressurized systems are losing pressure as they begin to work and the foam retracts from the target area and becomes less foam and more liquid as this pressure drops.
What about maintenance and recharging?
The shelf life for the concentrate in a recharge kit is 25 years. When mixed with water, the solution will remain potent for 10 years, but should be replaced every 5 to 7 years. Needless to say, the system will remain effective longer than most sanctioning bodies require. At a cost of under $70.00 the system can be recharged compared to $200.00 to $300.00 for pre-pressurized systems and with no down time. Other systems will also need the seals and gaskets replaced since they are subjected to constant pressure and corrosive liquids and will have to be re-pressure tested.
- Lower maintenance and recharging costs.
- Better target area coverage.
- Environmentally safe.
- Alcohol resistant AFFF is available upon request at no additional cost.
NOTICE: AFFF is a water based agent and will freeze. If freezing occurs, the rupture disc may need replacing. To prevent damage, remove the cylinder and place indoors where it can be protected. The ESS systems are designed for easy removal and re-installation.