23 February 2016
23 February 2016
Quickstep Holdings has received full global signoff from the Ford Motor Company to manufacture an innovative air duct for the Ford Falcon XR6 Sprint making Ford Quickstep’s first automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) client.
Quickstep explains that the Falcon XR6 Sprint will be the first global mass-produced Ford to feature a carbon fibre air intake system, providing a showcase for Quickstep’s automotive capability and the role of carbon fibre in the automotive industry.
“We are delighted to work with Ford on its groundbreaking technology. During design and development we qualified materials, resins and processes that replace a thick walled, injection moulding plastic component with a very thin-walled carbon fibre part. We are excited by this signature contract and believe the automotive growth opportunities for Quickstep will be significant,” said Quickstep Managing Director, David Marino.
According to Quickstep, the air intake system was designed by Premcar, engineered and tested by Ford, and manufactured by its automotive business area. It will be manufactured at it’s Waurn Ponds automotive facility and production has already commenced.
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