carrera was born of racing

Inspired by the
Carrera Panamericana

at its time the longest,
fastest, and most dangerous
race in the world

Wilhelm Anger founded
Carrera in 1956.

This guy
This guy

We believe That There is no reward in life without risk.

The need for thrill is in our bones.

The need for thrill is in our bones.
From sunglasses, to sports glasses, to ski goggles and helmets, our history is lined with innovation, and we will keep our commitment to always improve the quality of our products.
Half a century of international sports victories vouch for our passion for development and technological research.
In collaboration with athletes, and the experience of Safilo, we will continue to push Carrera so that you can push your limits, and leave your mark on life.

You race or you don't

Milestones

1956

Carrera is founded by Wilhelm Anger. When creating the brand, Anger took inspiration from the Carrera Panamericana, a six-day race across Mexico to celebrate the completion of the Pan-American Highway. The race was widely considered to be the most dangerous race in the world. Anyone could enter, but only the ones with a burning desire to race did.

1964

Optyl is patented; an innovative plastic that weighs 20% less than acetate and other thermoplastic materials, that is harder wearing, and that also adapts to the wearer’s face.

1970

Carrera starts the production of ski helmets and goggles.

1974

The first-ever ski goggles with interchangeable lenses are introduced.

1977

Carrera offers a new line of sports glasses.

1979

A revolutionary line of sunglasses is launched – the Carrera Porsche Design Collection. This collaboration with motorcar designer Ferdinand Alexander Porsche introduces the folding glasses, as well as the interchangeable lenses.

1981

Carrera launches the prescription frames. The Carrera sales network extends to 16 countries and the products are sold in 80 countries.

1986

Carrera presents two more exclusive product lines: the “Boeing”collection and the “Sunjet” collection. 

1987

Carrera becomes more actively involved in the world of sport, and is the only official sponsor of the America’s Cup in Perth, Australia.

1988

During the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Carrera ski masks were the most represented on the podia.

Carrera also experienced success alongside Gherard Berger in Formula 1.

1989

The cycling collection is launched at the historic Paris-Roubaix race.

CARRERA was confirmed the largest producer of ski masks during the World Cup ski championships.

1990

The cycling goggles and helmet collection is first introduced.

1992-94

Carrera wins many gold medals at the Winter Olympics in Albertville and Lillehammer. 

1996

Carrera enters the Safilo Group, leading company in the field of high-quality frames. 

1997

Carrera takes part in the Giro Italia (Tour of Italy) supporting the best teams of cyclists.

2000

Austrian athlete Hermann Mayer wins the World Cup.

2002

Carrera sponsors the best riders in the motorcycle circuit. Among these are Max Biaggi, Marco Melandri, Roberto Locatelli, and Loris Capirossi.

2005

Carrera presents the ultimate outcome in innovation technology: the Fiber helmet.

2006

Carrera celebrates its 50th anniversary.

2007

Carrera relaunches the Champion, its first iconic style.

2008

Carrera takes on a leading role in the fashion world, launching heritage models like Champion Endurance and Safari, following the big success of the Champion.

2009

Carrera re-launces into optical glasses matching the style and edge of the sunglasses collections.

2010

Carrera launches in the US and continues its incredible success.

2011

Carrera re-launches iconic styles like the Carrera 86, alongside an updated version of the original packaging.

2012

The Carrera 6000 series is launched. Made in Optyl with distinctive design features, such as the bone temple, the Carrera 6000 is one of Carrera’s most popular models to date.

2013

From now on, Carrera revolution in the city bike protection is called ‘foldable’ helmet!
What is cool is that it doesn’t come alone, as the exclusive premium version of this amazing helmet is combined with the new Carrera 6008 sunglasses, a very iconic model inspired by the most peculiar history of the brand.
This is the year of the Carrera 80 as well.
This iconic model is an almost exact replica of the original Carrera 80 aviator. The frame is incredibly light and has a classic double bridge with removable cover sporting the Carrera Victory C logo.