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Zircotec to exhibit at Autosport International 14th & 15th January 2016

12th January 2016

 

Zircotec will once again exhibit at the 2016 Autosport International Show, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, UK.

 

Featuring every level of Motor Racing - from Karting to Formula 1- together with a wide range of performance cars, the show truly brings together the world of motorsport and performance cars under one roof.

 

Autosport International incorporates two trade-only days (14 & 15 January) followed by two Public days (16 & 17 January) dedicated to Motorsport and car enthusiasts.

 

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Our full range of products will be on display including our recently launched ZircoFlex FORM heat shield material; our ThermoHold coating for carbon composites and plastics; and our various thermal barrier coatings for vehicle exhaust and engine parts.

 

Visit the Zircotec Stand at E962 in the Autosport Trade Hall on 14 & 15 January 2016.


Zircotec launches new ZircoFlex FORM structural ceramic heat shield material

11th January 2016

 

We are pleased to announce the launch of ZircoFlex® FORM, our new high performance ceramic based heat shield material.

 

Launched as part of our ZircoFlex range, FORM is a structural heat shield offering exceptional levels of protection against both radiant and conductive heat, all in a single easy to use product. Supplied as a flat sheet, the material is easily bent by hand or with tooling to produce complex structures and shapes. It's stainless steel core provides inherent rigidity whilst its ceramic layers provide exceptional thermal barrier properties.

 

Buy on-line following the link from our website or contact us and order by phone.

  ZircoFlex FORM structural ceramic heat shield material

Zircotec to exhibit at Classic Car Show, Birmingham, UK from 13th to 15th Nov. 2015

11th November 2015

 

We will be exhibiting all of our heat management products at this years Classic Car Show (Stand 1-146) at the UK's NEC from 13 to 15 Nov. 2015.

 

Call by our stand to see our range of ceramic exhaust coatings and ZircoFlex® heat shield materials. Our technical experts will be on hand to discuss any specific project and can offer a price for any specific work.

 

Visit our website at http://www.zircotec.com/ or call us(0) 1235 54 60 50

 

   Zircotec ceramic exhaust coatings
 

You can also contact us on email at enquiries@zircotec.com

 

Our products will also be there at the Classic Car Show on many of the cars on display.

 

For details of the show visit http://www.necclassicmotorshow.com/ 

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Zircotec keeps supersonic land speed record car cool

19th August 2015

 

Cooling a 135,000bhp, 1000mph car poses critical challenges for safety & performance that now, just 6mths ahead of the first run, the Bloodhound SSC team is looking to Zircotec to help solve.

 

As the build of Bloodhound SSC gains momentum and a planned UK test in Newquay is just months away, engineers are increasingly looking at the detail design challenges to help them push the car to 1000mph and above. These include the issues of cooling the tightly-packaged Rocket engine together with ensuring the volatile HTP (High Test Peroxide) doesn't decompose before it reaches the rocket chamber and in effect, become a bomb.

 

"We've got  approximately 1000 litres of HTP that has the equivalent explosive force of 1 stick of dynamite per litre if it reaches 40°C, and starts to decompose" says Tony Parraman, of the sponsorship liaison team. "Packaging dictates that our supercharged Jaguar engine, that we use to pump 900 litres in just 20 seconds, is sat next to the tank so preventing heat transfer is on our essential list." 

 

As a prime source of heat in proximity to the tank, the Bloodhound SSC team specified Zircotec's ThermoHold® ceramic coating for the Jaguar exhaust.  Plasma-sprayed at twice the speed of sound itself, the coating can reduce surface temperatures by at least 30 percent, ensuring even as heat builds up during the two runs needed for the record to be validated, the tank remains stable.

 

Unlike previous record challenging cars, a large proportion of the Bloodhound front structure is composite. Chosen for its excellent strength-to-weight ratio, the drawback of composites is its poor resistance to temperature compared to metallic options.  "We turned to Zircotec again," adds Parraman. "We know that they have supplied heat resistant coatings to F1 teams for years, literally preventing the delamination of carbon fibre in high temperature environments, enabling the material to be used above its traditional melting point." Zircotec proposed ThermoHold® for Composites, a zirconia-based coating that is applied at temperatures exceeding 10,000°C but in such a way that the substrate is unaffected. "Zircotec's patented technology for protecting composites offers a huge benefit, allowing the use of lightweight materials in places where they are exposed to significant heat.

   Blooodhound SSC land speed record challenger looks to Zircotec for solutions to heat management
   Bloodhound SSC outer skin showing carbon composite supports that are themselves protected by Zircotec coatings

 

Our engineers are not experts in thermal management and having Zircotec's technical support is helping to ensure we only use the coating where it is needed, saving weight where we can," adds Parraman. "We have used the coating on the composite upper chassis hoop, offering lightweight resistance that lowers surface temperatures by 100°C."

 

Digging yet deeper into the Zircotec parts bin has seen Bloodhound pick ZircoFlex®. The proven hybrid aluminium/ceramic heatshield, just 0.3mm thick, is being applied around any areas of the vehicle where heat is expected and needs to be resisted. "With ZircoFlex® we can bend and mould it to shape, it's lightweight and with self-adhesive backing, good for up to 500°C, we can use in lots of areas," claims Parraman. "For example after a two minute run, the internal temp of the jet or rocket might be 3000°C but the externals are 200°C. We can manage that heat with ZircoFlex®, protecting wiring looms and composite panels."

 

With ambient temperatures of 40°C expected in the South African desert, Zircotec is being relied upon to keep temperatures down during the critical time slot of one hour between the two runs. "We've got 60 minutes to turn the car ‘around," adds Parraman. "We want to prevent heat soak during this time. It will help us work faster without the risk of getting burnt and if we need to change the rocket, it should speed up changeover time."

 

The team will trial the car in South Africa, providing a real test of the thermal protection. "We plan to thermocouple the car and see where the heat issues are," suggests Parraman. "It's a one-off and we are pushing the boundaries so we don't know all the answers. Once we do, we'll be working with Zircotec to ensure that when we do get to Hakseen Pan in South Africa we are fully prepared to deal with the heat."


Article in Just Auto Magazine on Zircotec's OEM business

4th August 2015

 

Automotive and motorsport coatings specialist Zircotec recently announced that it had secured a number of new OEM contracts for both OE automotive and motorcycle exhaust coatings, marking a step change in the volumes its UK-based factory is now producing. Matthew Beecham spoke to managing director Terry Graham about the transition to volume manufacturing and challenges of supporting these new projects.

 

The article is in the current issue of Just Auto.

   Zircotec ceramic coatings as used in OEM applications

New Authorised Distributor - Fast Fox Performance

3rd August 2015

 

Since becoming an Authorised Zircotec Distributor earlier this year, Fast Fox Performance Parts has been busily attracting new business through both its online shop and through direct UK customer sales.

 

Fast Fox is able to offer the entire range of Zircotec ceramic coatings and heat shield products, and has been showing these products at a number of recent events including Trax and the recent Ford Fair Show at Silverstone. Zircotec has been please to provide expert advice and support at both events where there has been significant interest in our products.

 

Visit our Distributor Page for the full list of Authorised Zircotec Distributors worldwide. 

  Zircotec ceramic coatings and ZircoFlex heat shield products offered by FAST FOX

 


Zircotec is currently offering a number of engineering apprenticeship opportunities

29th May 2015

 

Zircotec is offering a number of new engineering apprenticeship opportunities for 2015. Our Apprenticeship programme provides a mix of hands-on practical experience in our busy manufacturing environment coupled with a structured programme of day-release study at the Abingdon & Witney College, Abingdon. We work closely with the college on this and you will be assessed by the college both at college and in the workplace. 


In the first two years you will be studying towards an NVQ2 and BTEC Level 2 in Engineering Technical Support (or in Engineering Maintenance & Installation), so there will be a mix of academic work as well as hands-on workplace experience with Zircotec. After completion of your NVQ2 course you will have the choice to either continue with your apprenticeship for a further two years, with ongoing study at the Abingdon & Witney College to gain an NVQ3 qualification, or alternatively you may choose to move to a full-time position with Zircotec. Further details>

 
 

 

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   In conjunction with Abingdon & Witney College

Zircotec technical partner Strakka Racing continues WEC Campaign at Spa

1st May 2015

 

Zircotec technical partner Strakka Racing heads to the Ardennes for the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship this weekend, 1st May 2015, targeting another podium finish.

 

Just a few weeks after the opening round of the World Endurance Championship at Silverstone, Strakka Racing is back on track this weekend at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, for the annual six-hour race. After Silverstone, where the new DOME S103 picked up a podium finish on its debut, the driver line up of Nick Leventis, Danny Watts and Jonny Kane is relishing the opportunity to build on this result that forms a key part of the preparations for the Le Mans 24 Hours.

  Zircotec partner Strakka Racing at Spa with ceramic exhaust coating and ZircoFlex heatshield
 

"Spa is a real driver's circuit, one of my favourites," says Watts. "It's worth the trip just for the experience of driving up Eau Rouge and Raidillon, but overall it's just a mega event. For most teams, it's the dress rehearsal for Le Mans, and understandably so; it's a tough race on a tough circuit, the last chance to prove to everyone you mean business before focusing on the big one at La Sarthe.

 

"There's always a good crowd at the Spa Six Hours too, with plenty of passionate British supporters making the trip across the channel to see the cars in action one last time before we head to France. It marks the point in the year when Le Mans fever really starts."

 

Since Silverstone, the team has been hard at work on its in-house simulator, using it to finesse set up the DOME S103 for the specific requirements of the Belgian track.

 

"We've focused on looking at the setup of the DOME S103 in dry conditions," adds technical director Jay Davenport. "We were on the pace in LMP2 at Silverstone in the wet but lacked speed when the conditions improved. We know there's a gap to the frontrunners in the class we need to close but we are making progress with changes we have been evaluating."

 

Driver Danny Watts is no stranger to Spa, having raced there 11 times, spanning multiple formulae during his career. Notably, Watts had a good run at the track in the early ‘00s driving in British Formula 3 and was with Strakka Racing in 2011 when it finished third in LMP2 in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.

   

"Oddly enough my best result at the circuit other than the podium with Strakka, was back in the 2004 British F3 season, when I was driving a Lola DOME amongst an armada of Dallaras, finishing in the top five in both races that year," adds Watts. "I'm hoping for a repeat in fortunes now I'm driving a DOME at the circuit once again, that would be a good story to tell."

 

Strakka Racing will be at Spa Francorchamps from the 30th of April till the 2nd of May and you can follow its progress on twitter @strakkaracing or its Facebook page.