One addition to our MINI Challenge car this year is a set of headphones for the 'transit' stages. We have intercom in our helmets for the timed race-pace stages, but those l-o-n-g stretches of public road between stages can be pretty wearing in a car as (beautifully) noisy as ours.
These units allow us to converse normally, and also block out most of the ambient noise.
(They do seem to match our shirts, but that's just a coincidence...).
Although both my navigator Brian Bourbonniere (left) and I look pretty grim in this shot (team manager Alain Lauziere may have warned us he was about to hit the shutter, but with these headphones on we couldn't hear him! ) we think these will have a very positive effect on our performance as the week rolls on - less noise, less fatigue, better results.
That's the theory anyway!