In part 1 of Autosport International coverage we looked at some of the interesting engines on display at the show. In this installment we’ll cover some of the parts and components on display. It would be impossible to show everything, for that you will need to visit the show yourself and that’s something I highly recommend. At Autosport you’ll find just about everything you need to build, race and maintain your competition car. From engine components to timing and scoring systems, it can be found at the show.
Now that Cosworth no longer manufactures components for their early engines like the BD series , SAS Engineering along with others have commenced production of some of the more prominent items. SAS offers Lotus Twin Cam cylinder heads, FVC cylinder heads and Alloy BD series blocks. They are of the highest quality and produced to exacting standards.
Titan Motorsport displayed their range of components covering the Ford 4 cylinder family of engines. Titan has been producing parts since the 60’s and still produces parts for the Formula Junior and Formula Ford competitors like this front drive oil pump.
TAG Heuer not only offers high end watches, but a complete line up of timing equipment. From circuit and rally stage timing to historic rally clocks, Tag Heuer has something to do the job . The Rally Master dashboard clocks would look great in a 60’s rally car.
One thing that really caught my attention this year were the many available options for electronic throttle control for use on throttle body kits. This only makes sense with the advanced stand alone ECU’s available that are now capable of electronic throttle control. There are many advantages to electronic throttle control including vehicle installation and “shift without lift” strategy. The advantage are even greater in turbocharged applications.
There is no shortage of throttle body manufactures at Autosport. Jenvey had this really cool cross ram induction for the Chevrolet LS series engines.
The wacky Swedes were out in full force with Auto Verdi displaying their latest dry sump and scavenge pump. We used Auto Verdi pumps at Cosworth and they performed without fail in demanding situations. The pumps are modular so you can build a pump up to seven stages for maximum scavenge and vacuum.
Motor Design Sweden also had some very interesting products on display. Their improved Ford Duratec cylinder head is cast from upgraded alloy with a thicker deck and features optimized cross flow cooling, anti-lag ports and reshaped, raised exhaust ports. The primary application for this cylinder head is Rally Cross. In fact the winning Ford Fiestas that compete in the Global Rallycross Championship utilize this head.
Motor Design Sweden also had their “Red Bull” engine on display. The engine is based on the Volvo B230 block featuring a new 2 valve head with raised and enlarged ports. The engine is capable of 350+bhp in normally aspirated trim. Typical use is also rally cross , a form of motorsport that is really gaining in popularity.
Modern engineering and CAD programs have aided in the reproduction of many components that have been out of circulation for years. Seidler & Fojtik Engineering have reproduced the 16 valve motorsport cylinder head for the BMW M10 engine. The quality of these new castings is very nice. This would be a great addition to your 1972, 2002!
SS Tube Technology had a large array of exhaust pieces on display. This World Touring Car exhaust manifold was really interesting. The precision welds, cast flanges and smooth mandrel bends are incredible. SS Tube Technology produces parts using the latest methods including CAD, investment castings coupled with state of the art production management. You probably wont find their parts on any street cars but you will find them on many of the F1 cars that race most Sundays.
Notice the “stepped” tubing on the F1 exhaust manifold below. The time and effort to produce a part like this can only be justified with an F1 budget.
SS Tube Technology also offers a heat shielding solutions for race cars. Many times, off the shelf products will not work for clean sheet design installations as space constraints and routing issues do not allow for such product. SS Tube Technology has developed a thermal lagging material that is applied directly to the exhaust system and then encased in a protective outer layer. This unique design has been found to reduce the outer temperature by a massive 680 C. This is with a 3mm layer of insulation.
In some cases “exhaust bags” or gloves shown below are used for applications that require extreme heat reduction and may include an airflow fitting to promote circulation. The bags are manufactured from stainless steel sheets and insulation material and can withstand 1200 c.
There is also no shortage of cooling solutions at Autosport. Most of the items you will find at the show are engineered for single use application, meaning the manufacture produces the product for a unique installation. For example the heat exchanger above is for a particular chassis judging by the odd shape.
One area of the show that always amazes me is the machining and prototype section. You will find some real cutting edge and advanced parts and components here. These are just a few of the really interesting things on display. The machined from solid titanium roll hoop concept attracted a lot of attention. I would bet you will see that in use in a few years.
This display helmet machined from solid aluminum was also very cool. Machining capabilities have advanced so much in the last decade that just about anything can produced on a multi axis cnc center.
You’ll find a wide range of pit equipment and race support products at Autosport. Again everything you need to race is at this show.
Tillet manufactures some very high quality parts and their seat line up is a favorite among the Lotus racers. They also produce other composite items including air boxes and engine covers.
Quantum Racing Suspension had a nice display with their X series line. The four way adjustable suspension allows for complex tuning and optimization. Quantum products are actually manufactured in the UK so you should be able to count on a quality product. I lost count of how many suspension manufactures were at the show. It’s really impressive to see the high level of engineering that goes into shock absorber design and the tuning that it allows.
Capricorn is really becoming the leader in high performance and race Porsche engine components and assemblies. They displayed their cylinder liner upgrade options for the liquid cooled engine that include Nickel-Ceramic plating. Capricorn also offers pistons, connecting rods, and crankshafts. I have visited their production and plating facility and it is definitely world class.
The next article will conclude the coverage with a look at some of the cars at Autosport 2013. If you missed the first article covering the engines on display at the show, you can find it here. Autosport 2013: Part 1 The engines.