09 July 2004
09 July 2004
Exit Engineering has patented the continuous shell construction method which gives their single piece carbon fiber steering wheels extreme lightness and strength.
Exit Engineering’s range of autoclave cured, prepreg carbon fiber gangways and steering wheels brings together elegant Italian design, a transparent surface finishing and the strength one expects from carbon fibers, satisfying both extreme racers and luxury cruisers.
“This is a real milestone for us”, says Exit Engineering technical director Mr. Giuseppe Bottacin. “When we started to study the available carbon fiber steering wheels, a couple of years ago, we immediately saw the possibility of using some tricks previously developed for racing motorbikes parts. Of course we had to adapt the method to the highly branched shape of a steering wheel, but the result was even above our expectations. We are proud that our invention is now being patented: this is not only a safeguard for our company know-how, but also an outside recognition that we are really innovating.”
Mr. Marco Sferzi, sales & marketing director, said: “Well, we already knew that our products are the best of their kind, but this official acknowledgment is certainly important. Our stated mission is to make new and better products for a given task: this patent demonstrates that we are well on course. This result is surely pushing us to continue our research efforts and to further improve our production.”
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