Composite prop shafts

Friday, May 11, 2012
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GT racing is one of the most challenging motorsport disciplines in terms of the demands it places on components, especially transmissions. These need to be able to deal with a wide range of conditions, from those experienced during short sprint races... read more
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Touring cars

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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In 2011 the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) introduced the Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC), which is based on a regulation package aimed at reducing costs in the series. Part of this package is the requirement that a 'spec' gearbox be run ... read more
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WSB quick shifters

Thursday, February 09, 2012
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The regulations governing transmissions in the World Superbike Championship require engineers to stick relatively closely to the design of the homologated units, on the production machine. Materials and ratios can be changed but the layout of the mai... read more
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Formula One gearboxes

Thursday, December 15, 2011
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Formula One transmissions are the most advanced in the racing world, with an unparallel combination of performance, weight and packaged size. A key part of the gearbox is the casing, as it forms not only a housing for the gearbox internals but also a... read more
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NASCAR and the gearbox of tomorrow

Thursday, November 10, 2011
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It is hard to imagine that a current-generation racecar, in a leading race series, owes its gearbox design to a unit that first appeared in a roadcar in 1957. However, this is the case in NASCAR Cup, where the only approved gearbox designs still have... read more
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MotoGP transmissions

Thursday, September 22, 2011
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The latest transmission development in the top flight of motorcycle racing, MotoGP, has been the appearance of seamless shift technology. Already commonplace in Formula One, seamless shifting provides a number of benefits to the rider and, more impor... read more
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Le Mans transmission

Thursday, August 11, 2011
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Le Mans places abnormal demands on almost every component in a racecar, with the suspension and engine taking a relentless pounding on every lap of the 13.629 km circuit. Also subject to the same war of attrition is the gearbox and driveline. In the ... read more
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WRC rally transmissions

Monday, July 04, 2011
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With the exception of off-road racers competing in events such as the Dakar Rally, it is unlikely that any type of competition vehicle is required to deal with as varied a range of conditions as a WRC rally car. Ten years or so ago, WRC cars were far... read more
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Carbon-carbon composites in clutches

Thursday, May 12, 2011
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It is common to see composite materials in a range of applications in motorsport. Typically glass- and carbon fibre composites reinforced within a polyester or epoxy matrix not only lend themselves to the manufacture of complex shapes but also allow ... read more
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DLC in transmission components

Thursday, March 31, 2011
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In order to reduce stress and improve mechanical performance for any highly loaded powertrain component, surface finish is of the utmost performance; a superior surface improves fatigue resistance by removing potential stress raisers and the possibil... read more
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