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Cool ceramic coating eliminates air locks in fuel tank   Print  
Cooling effect of Zircotec?s thermal barrier prevents air locks to increase tank capacity by 16 litres. Thursday, 8th January 2009

Cooling effect of Zircotec’s thermal barrier prevents air locks to increase tank capacity by 16 litres

A thermal barrier ceramic coating used on a Honda Civic race car has allowed its team to realise the true capacity of its petrol tank, helping it achieve a best ever 6th place in the Britcar 24 hour race. Using Zircotec’s exhaust coating permitted the team to fill the car with an extra 16 litres of fuel per stop. This in turn, allowed the car to run for an incredible three hours between stints, resulting in a class win and be the first front wheel drive car home.


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ARPRO? improves impact resistance in motorsport   Print  
Createc uses ARPRO? for its impact resistance, lightweight and durable properties in NASCAR and IRL applications. Monday, 5th January 2009

Safety enhanced with ARPRO for NASCAR and IRL

At almost half the weight of traditional materials, ARPRO absorbs 30 percent more energy on the first impact and 60 percent more during the second impact.  Bald Spot Sports (BSS) has selected ARPRO for impact-resistance and energy absorption in its NASCAR and IRL crash pads.  The ARPRO head and side impact protection measures deliver increased crash protection and a 45 percent weight reduction.


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Alpine develops software toolkit for validating MOST architecture components   Print  
System toolkit allows infotainment supplier to validate messaging without the other system hardware. Monday, 5th January 2009

System toolkit allows engineers to validate messaging without other suppliers’ hardware.

A software toolkit that allows in car infotainment suppliers to validate their hardware independently of the other system components, has been developed by Alpine Electronics. The kit solves a long standing issue of validating parts when other components on the fibre optic ring are not available or to the correct software level.


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Breakthrough infra red sensor provides accurate carcass temperature for tyre development   Print  
For the first time, DigiTyre IR provides accurate temperature and pressure data unaffected by heat soak from the rim and brakes. Monday, 5th January 2009

High accuracy and high resolution IR sensor critical for optimising tyre parameters for new tyre development

A new infra red sensor that records accurate tyre carcass temperature has been developed by TPMS specialists BERU f1systems.  For the first time, DigiTyre IR provides accurate temperature and pressure data unaffected by heat soak from the rim and brakes.


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Breakthrough infra red sensor provides accurate tyre carcass temperature for F1 applications   Print  
For the first time, DigiTyre IR provides accurate temperature and pressure data unaffected by heat soak from the rim and brakes. Monday, 5th January 2009

High accuracy and high resolution IR sensor critical for optimising vehicle set up and tyre performance in the wake of restricted testing.

For the first time, a sensor that provides accurate tyre temperature and pressure data unaffected by heat soak has been produced by BERU f1systems. A dramatic reduction in testing and new slick tyres set to be introduced in 2009 are also driving demand for trusted tyre data.


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3M adhesive helps bring manufacturing back to the UK   Print  
3M 950 Adhesive Transfer Tape from 3M has helped enable a manufacturer of automotive privacy shades to accelerate lead times and migrate its production back to the UK from the Far East. Tuesday, 23rd December 2008

3M 950 Adhesive Transfer Tape helps enable faster turnaround for a car privacy shade manufacturer

3M 950 Adhesive Transfer Tape from 3M, the diversified technology company, offers so many advantages that it has helped enable a manufacturer of automotive privacy shades to accelerate lead times and migrate its production back to the UK from the Far East.


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XPart technicians gain specialist K-series expertise   Print  
XPart AutoService centre technicians are being offered the chance to gain specialist K-series expertise Thursday, 18th December 2008

Parts distribution organisation XPart is offering its AutoService centre network the opportunity to improve its knowledge of K-series engine repairs

Members of XPart’s AutoService centre network are gaining valuable knowledge of K-series engine repairs by attending a new training course. The one-day K-series Engine and Cooling System Service course, held at the NAC MG UK training facility in Longbridge, provides technicians with the expertise to diagnose, repair and service all aspects of the K-series four-cylinder petrol engine and associated cooling systems.


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ARPRO? motorsport safety products up to 45 percent lighter   Print  
Createc uses ARPRO? for its impact resistance, lightweight and durable properties in INDY applications. Thursday, 18th December 2008

Build times and safety improved by impact resistant ARPRO for NASCAR and IRL

ARPRO, has been selected by US motorsport supplier Bald Spot Sports (BSS) and design partner the Createc Corporation for its lightweight impact-resistant properties to enhance safety. This material allows 45 to 50 percent weight reduction and enhanced energy management during a crash.  ARPRO also enables NASCAR and IRL teams to build multiple versions of racing safety equipment from a single driver fitting session.


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Avoid festive roadside misery by checking tyre pressures   Print  
Drivers should check their tyre pressures to avoid a blowout and being stranded on the roadside this Christmas Wednesday, 17th December 2008

The inconvenience of standing by the roadside this Christmas can be reduced by conducting a simple tyre pressure checks in the run up to the holiday season

Motorists are being reminded to check their tyre pressures before setting off on long journeys this holiday period in order to avoid being stranded by the roadside. Many families experience delays and inconvenience from tyre failures during the festive period as tyres have not been correctly inflated to take account of extra passengers and luggage.


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GM selects Alcoa forged aluminium wheels for Chevy Volt   Print  
Alcoa Wheels Logo Wednesday, 17th December 2008

Lightweight wheel improves electric vehicle driving range and economy

Alcoa Automotive Wheels, a division of Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, announced today that it has been awarded the wheel programme for the Chevy Volt.

“Alcoa is pleased to supply forged aluminium wheels for the Volt. Working closely with the GM team resulted in a wheel designed, engineered and manufactured for light weight performance that will further extend the range of this alternative propulsion vehicle,” said Mike Parnell, Vice President and General Manager – Alcoa Auto Wheels.


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