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Zircotec Group launches new performance enhancing coatings at Autosport International 2018

January 10, 2018


  • External cylinder head and engine block coating – reduces under-bonnet temperatures while providing aesthetic and customisable finish

  • Internal cylinder head coatings – to further reduce under-bonnet temperatures and contain heat within the combustion chamber and exhaust system

  • Piston crown and valve base coatings – prevents damage by reducing surface temperatures and improves engine thermal efficiency  

Abingdon, UK, 10th January 2018… Specialist thermal management company, Zircotec Group, is launching a new range of engine performance enhancing products at Autosport International 2018. The range includes newly formulated thermal barrier coatings for cylinder heads and engine blocks, as well as piston crowns and valve bases. They provide increases in engine performance and durability by efficiently managing heat transfer through crucial components.


“We work with the world’s biggest motorsport teams to continually develop ways to improve performance through innovative thermal management,” explains Graeme Barrette, Sales Director, Zircotec Group. “Our new range of engine coatings is the latest example of solutions developed through extensive collaboration with technical partners and OEMs. Over the course of 2018 we will continue to expand our product range through significant investment into research and development.”


The cylinder head and engine block coatings provide a significant reduction in heat loss, reducing under-bonnet temperatures and improving the thermal efficiency of the engine. An example of an externally coated engine block will be on display at the show, while an internally coated cylinder head will be launched later in 2018.

The company will also display its piston crown and valve base coatings, which will be released later this year. The benefit of the product is to prevent damage to the component through increased thermal resistance and the reduction of stresses caused by uneven heat transfer. It also keeps heat within the combustion chamber and exhaust stream, preventing its transmission to the rest of the engine and improving performance. Initial tests show heat transmission can be reduced by up to 20%, compared to an uncoated piston crown.

The new products use Zircotec Group’s range of propriety plasma applied ceramic coatings, which provide significant, market-leading thermal barrier protection. The technology offers up to 33% temperature reduction and can withstand heat of up to 1350oC.


Autosport International 2018 will be held from the 11th-14th of January at the NEC in Brimingham. Zircotec Group will be positioned at stand E562. The show covers all areas of motorsport and features the latest in motorsport, automotive and performance engineering technology.


About Zircotec:

Zircotec is a specialist heat management company that was formally part of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, based near Oxford. Its expertise in thermal barrier technologies was originally developed for the nuclear industry and many of its scientists and engineers have remained with Zircotec since its nuclear origins.

The company’s products include: proprietary plasma-sprayed thermal barrier coatings; exhaust system coatings; inlet manifold coatings; heat shield materials; wear resistant, anti-corrosion and aesthetic coatings; ceramic coatings and metal coatings for carbon composites and high-temperature plastics; and specialist plasma-sprayed ceramic products.


Zircotec increasingly provides consultancy in thermal management to leading motorsport teams, OEM vehicle manufacturers and companies operating in a number of fields, including the aerospace, marine, and oil and gas industries. It is accredited to ISO9001: 2008 Quality Standard. Further information is available at


Richard Doherty
+44 (0)1295 277050

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