16 October 2007
16 October 2007
Racing Technology Norfolk, the advanced composites subsidiary of Express Composites Group, has won a major contract that will see it once again involved in the fabled Le Mans 24-Hour race.
Embassy Racing has contracted Racing Technology Norfolk to build the wind tunnel models and full size structures for its all-new race car, two of which are set to compete in the 2008 Le Mans Series.
Racing Technology Norfolk is working with Chief Designer Peter Elleray of Ptec Design, with whom the company collaborated on the Bentley EXP Speed Eight which won Le Mans in 2003. The company will deliver wind tunnel models and the carbon composite tub and bodywork for the new Embassy Racing WF01.
Graham Muff, Commercial Manager, Racing Technology Norfolk Ltd said: “We’re delighted and proud to have been selected by Embassy Racing as their technical partner to deliver the major structures of their new endurance racer. The contract recognises Racing Technology Norfolk’s unquestioned credentials in advanced composites and is a big vote of confidence as Racing Technology Norfolk returns to the commercial world.”
Extensive wind tunnel testing has already been carried out with the models at the highly respected RUAG facility in Switzerland. Detail design and construction of the first WF01 is already under way with the car expected to run for the first time in January 2008.
Peter Elleray, Chief Designer, said: “It’s great to be working with Racing Technology Norfolk again. They extract maximum performance from advanced composites and deliver the highest quality components and structures.”
Toho Tenax is introducing a high-tensile, highly shock-resistant prepreg that incorporates carbon fibre developed for aerospace applications and carbon nanotubes (CNTs).
NTPT is collaborating with the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne - Swiss Centre of Technology (EPFL) and other partners to research discontinuous fibre composite tubes for high performance applications.
Hexcel is promoting its range of composite materials for skis, snowboards and other high performance winter sports equipment at ISPO Munich 2018 on 28-31 January.