Innovation under the spotlight at Autosport International
18 December 2012
Europe’s largest dedicated motorsport trade show, Autosport International will showcase the best of high performance engineering at Birmingham’s NEC on January 10-13, including a range of new innovations.
The event brings together engineering companies from around the world, with many using the platform and networking opportunity to launch new products. With the first two days dedicated to trade guests, over £800 million in business was generated at Autosport International 2012, which featured over 700 exhibitors and was attended by 28,500 industry guests.
However, the innovation goes beyond motorsport, with an increasing number of businesses applying their expertise in other engineering fields, such as defence, aerospace, marine and medical.
Headlining the launches, British manufacturer Radical will unleash its newest supercar, the Radical Xtreme Coupé at the show on 10 January. Three years in the making, the RXC is the fastest car Radical has ever built, and its first with an enclosed cockpit.
Tipping the scales at just 900kg, the car is powered by a 380bhp, 3.7-litre Ford V6, capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds and reaching a top speed of 175mph. Road and race versions will be available from summer 2013.
The new Sin 01 race car will be unleashed at the show, a year after the parties involved first met at Autosport International 2012. A joint venture between British firm Pro Formance Metals and the newly-formed Sin Car GmbH from Germany, the racer will provide similar levels of performance to a GT sportscar. Powered by a 6.2-litre Chevrolet V8 engine, a street-legal version is set for development in 2013.
MotorSport Vision (MSV) will unveil the MSV F4-013 to be used in the inaugural BRDC Formula 4 Championship. Designed by renowned single seater engineer Ralph Firman, the cars will be powered by 2.0-litre Ford Duratec engines tuned by Cosworth to produce 185bhp, with 24 already sold for the entry-level series.
A pair of new products will be featured by coatings specialist Zircotec; a 24-carat gold backed version of its ZircoFlex® heatshield material along with the option of a real gold finish for its ThermoHold® coatings for carbon composites. The two innovations offer high levels of performance in protecting components exposed to radiant heat.
Engine innovation will be exhibited through DEE-Ltd, Titan Motorsports and Viper Performance. DEE-Ltd will launch the D-2GR-FE, an upgraded version of Toyota’s 3.5-litre V8 engine for aftermarket sales, with a number of options from an entry level power of 274hp through to 450hp.
Titan Motorsports will introduce its cylinder head and valve train upgrade for the Nissan GTR and VR38 engine platform, while Viper will display its stocks of Aeromotive Fuel Pumps and regulators, featuring a range of fuel supply systems.
Leading UK manufacturer Quaife will host three new gearboxes, including an uprated, five-speed sequential model for Honda’s Civic Type-R in motorsport. With a strengthened outer casing and five wider gears, the QKE8J is built as a direct replacement for the Civic’s standard, six-speed H-pattern unit.
Having won its 700th Grand Prix as a supplier of Formula One racing clutches and brake components in 2012, AP Racing will showcase its expanded Radi-CAL range. Three new callipers for sports car competition have been produced, lighter and featuring stiffer, dome-backed titanium pistons.
GEMS Performance Electronics Systems and Australian engine management and data acquisition systems specialists MoTec will be among the companies showcasing the latest in race electronics.
The successor to its first miniature data logger, the DA1, GEMS’ DA2 is a full specification system the size of a USB stick, capable of storing up to 2GB of data, while the PM3 is a CAN controlled power switching unit for use in a multiplex power management system.
MoTec’s 2013 range includes a new HD Video Capture System, capable of recording 1,080p at 30 frames per second, along with an Accident Data Recorder and its new colour displays and data loggers.
Developed at the University of Liverpool, Versarien will showcase its newest advanced heat transfer material, a micro-porous metallic material for cooling space-constrained environments such as engines and electronic systems. With an increased surface area, VersarienCu will be up to ten times more effective at transferring heat energy than conventional micro-channel heat sinks of equivalent size.
The latest in manufacturing technology will be on show, including CAD/CAM specialist Vero Software’s latest releases: the upgraded ALPHACAM, EDGECAM and VISI packages covering specific sectors of the machining industry.
CADCAM software creator Delcam has added an optional new Vortex strategy for high-speed area clearance to its award-winning PowerMILL CAM software for high-speed and multi-axis machining. Also for use within engineering firms, Roemheld will launch its new Modulog assembly table and Hydro-Tec Zero Point workholding systems at the show.
Industry guest are invited to register for a range of free workshops to be held through the Motorsport Industry Association on the event’s two trade-only days, 10-11 January. Among the seminars, the C.R.P. Group will showcase its transfer of motorsport technology to the automotive and aerospace arenas and the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership will outline commercial opportunities in the region for engineering companies.
Autosport International runs from 10-13 January 2013. Adult tickets are available from £26, with discounts for group bookings. To register call +44 (0)845 218 6012, or visit the website.