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Zircotec continues technical partnership with Marc VDS Racing

24th February 2015

 

Zircotec is pleased to announce that it is to continue it's successful technical partnership with Marc VDS Racing, as the 2014 Moto2 champions graduate to the premier league of motorbike racing.

 

The successful application of Zircotec's ceramic exhaust coatings on Marc VDS Racing's 600cc Moto2 machines has convinced the team to continue iour technical partnership through the 2015 season.

 

The 2014 Moto2 World Champions will continue relying upon the advanced and highly durable thermal management coatings of Zircotec, having proven the wide-ranging benefits in a series of extensive back-to-back tests since 2012. The team has successfully recorded surface temperature reductions of up to 55%.

 

The heat reductions have led to improved reliability, driveability and also a reduced risk of rider fatigue, especially in the face of extreme climatic conditions throughout the season.

 

 "As the team defends the Moto2 title in 2015, for us it was vital to continue our use of Zircotec's ThermoHold® coatings," says Pete Benson, chief mechanic at Marc VDS Racing. "Through an extensive track testing programme, we've found that surface temperature reductions on the Moto2 bike ranged from 31% to an impressive 55%, with a typical reduction of around 40%. The 40% reduction came as surface temperatures fell from 421° C to 252° C, which is astonishing."
  Marc VDS Racing Moto 2 bike
   Marc VDS Racing Moto 2 bike (2)
 

"The coatings have consistently proven themselves over the past three seasons to perform even under the most extreme conditions, keeping the heat within the manifold and getting it away from the engine as quickly as possible," says Benson. "We tend to change manifolds after 3000kms, but have never found a trace of deterioration of the coating." 

 

Demonstrating the value of the partnership both on and off track, test data from Marc VDS' Moto2 ‘bikes was used to develop Zircotec's EnduranceTM range of motorcycle exhaust coatings. "Our Endurance coating is now already specified by motorcycle manufacturers and is available for any motorcyclist to manage heat and keep their exhausts looking good," concludes Zircotec's managing director Terry Graham.

 

The MotoGP championship kicks off in Qatar on the 29th March.

 


Zircotec is to continue working with BTCC contender Andrew Jordan in 2015

10th February 2015

 

Our partnership with British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) contender Andrew Jordan is to continue for the 2015 Season with his move to Triple Eight Race Engineering.

We supported Andrew during his 2013 championship win and we are happy for our support to follow him back to his former team. Andrew's new MG6 GT race car will receive our Performance White ceramic exhaust coating alongside extensive use of ZircoFlex heat shielding materials, helping to manage heat from the 300 bhp-plus turbocharged engine, improving performance, reliability and durability for the whole of the the 30-round season.

  BTCC contender Andrew Jordan is to continue to work with Zircotec

Zircotec announces technical partnership with Strakka Racing

26th January 2015

World Endurance Championship LMP2 entrant Strakka Racing is the latest team to become a technical partner of coatings specialists Zircotec. 

 

 Strakka Racing, currently co-developing the new Strakka DOME S103 car, will have access to an entire range of thermal management products and be among the first to trial new technologies emanating from Zircotec's research projects.   In return, Zircotec will receive real world test data to understand how its coatings perform in high performance endurance applications.

  World Endurance Championship LMP2 entrant Strakka Racing is the latest team to become a technical partner

"Strakka Racing is our highest profile and most prestigious technical partner," says Zircotec's managing director Terry Graham. "This partnership will enable us to acquire data about how our coating performs over long race durations and in testing conditions. As a ‘cost-capped' car we also will be trialling more affordable technologies than those typically selected for LMP cars.  An example would be using lower cost aluminium coated sheet to replace the gold reflective foils often found at this level."

 

"Thermal management is a key reliability factor in sports car racing," says sportscar team manager Karl Patman. "We look forward to using Zircotec's expertise to solve any heat issues we encounter during development and having access to more affordable products that are in the spirit of the ‘cost capped' regulations."

 

Zircotec has already prepared a ThermoHold® coated exhaust set for the first S103 that will be used to acquire data for back to back tests with an uncoated manifold. Zircotec plans to share the results at the end of the season.

Iconic Grand Prix legend to feature on our stand at 2015 Autosport International

18th December 2014
 

An iconic Maserati 250F, complete with Zircotec ceramic coated exhaust system, is set to grace Zircotec's stand at the Autosport International Engineering Show in January 2015.

 

 

Visitors to the UK's most prestigious motorsport show will now have the opportunity to get up close to a Grand Prix legend at this year's Autosport International. Following the presentation of a Le Mans Ferrari 458 in 2014, coatings specialists Zircotec will be displaying one of the most iconic Grand Prix racing cars ever produced.  Courtesy of Nick Mason and Ten Tenths, a long term Zircotec customer, Zircotec will exhibit a Maserati 250F equipped with its ThermoHold® coating on Stand E962. This 1957 car, like many race cars of the period, spent time in South America equipped with a V8 engine before returning to Europe and today competes in historic motorsport. 

 

 

Once voted as the ‘Greatest Racing Race Car ever', the 250F is an archetypal front-engined Grand Prix car from the 1950s, driven by greats such as Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss. "Our thermal barrier coating on the Maserati 250F demonstrates how modern technology, used on today's F1 cars, can also offer a subtle and effective solution to manage heat in historic motorsport." says Terry Graham, managing director at Zircotec." 

 

 

   Zircotec coated Maserati 250F
   Iconic Maserati 250F complete with Zircotec ceramic coated exhaust system
 Zircotec will also be displaying a full range of performance plasma sprayed ceramic and metallic coatings, designed to manage heat, used across a range of motorsport disciplines including: F1, Moto2, WRC, NASCAR, GT, BTCC Short Circuit and, as demonstrated by the 250F, in Historic Motorsport too. The full range of ZircoFlex® and new ZircoFlex FORM heatshield products will also be on hand.

Zircotec attends Motorcycle Live show

22nd November 2014

 

Motorcycle Live the UK's largest motorcycle show and Zircotec is showing our full range of ceramic coatings and heat shields at the event. The show is being held at the NEC Birmingham, commences Saturday 22nd November and runs until Sunday 30th. Zircotec is exhibiting from stand 4C45. 

 

The Endurance Range of ceramic coatings debuted at last year's show and will again feature on the stand. The Endurance Range was developed especially for motorcycles providing ceramic coatings with an extremely robust yet attractive choice of three colours.

 

   Zircotec shows ceramic coatings at 2014 motorcycle live

Our ceramic coatings for motorcycles offer protection from corrosion for exhaust systems and significantly reduce the surface temperatures of coated products. The coatings can be especially beneficial where a bike has a tight routed exhaust system running close to suspension or tight to the machine's bodywork helping to prevent heat damage to bodywork panels or damping 'fade' in the rear shock through overheating.


The Endurance Range has been extensively road tested through extreme weather conditions and is highly resistant to stone chippings, road salt and a wide range of typical automotive oils and fluids. In most circumstances a quick blast with a jet wash cleans the surface off leaving it looking as good as new.

 

Zircotec can be found in Hall 4 Stand 4C45

 


Zircotec to debut new structural heatshield at Cologne show

31st October 2014

 

The 2014 Professional Motorsport World Expo will see Zircotec debut its first ever ‘structural' ZircoFlex® FORM heatshield.

 

The new, more rigid hybrid composite and stainless steel heatshield will enable engineers to benefit from Zircotec's ceramic coating protection together with the strength and ability to form structures.

 

The show will run from the 13th to the 15th of November and Zircotec is exhibiting from stand 4010.

  ZircoFlex FORM structural heatshield

 

The first ZircoFlex® FORM prototypes have been designed to protect drivers and componentry from conductive and reflective heat issues, whilst offering higher levels of thermal protection than existing pressed aluminium and stainless steel products. "Zircotec plan to launch in the coming months a number of hybrid derivatives, each able to solve multiple heat issues including both reflective and conductive sources, providing a compelling mix of strength, weight, structure and heat resistance," says Zircotec's sales director Peter Whyman. "In addition to the heat benefits, initial testing suggests that a variant of FORM can provide acoustic damping that may appeal to endurance racers in GT/ VLN etc. where noise can contribute to fatigue."

 

Zircotec is finalising development of ZircoFlex® FORM but was keen that engineers attending PMW could get a chance to inspect the prototypes first-hand to see how Zircotec is able to offer a ceramic/stainless steel hybrid that can be bent, cut and formed to shape. "We are already fixing appointments with engineers to ‘have a play' and to understand how we can provide higher levels of protection without a package or weight penalty.

 

In addition to the new product, Zircotec is exhibiting the full range of existing technologies including composite, exhaust and turbo coatings as well as technologies to solve specific issues such as electromagnetic compatibility. "2014 has been our busiest year to date with a rise in activity in F1 as well as growth in both road car, motorsport and motorcycle sectors," adds Whyman. "Ceramic coating is now a trusted technology in road cars and with expansion at our factory, capacity has risen and volume manufacturing, even for composite coating, has become more attainable."

 

The Professional Motorsports Show is being held at the Koelnmesse which is located on Messeplatz Cologne. The show will run from Thursday 13th November through to Saturday 15th and Zircotec can be found on stand number 4010.

 


Moto2 team & rider world championships won by Zircotec partner

28th October 2014

 

The Marc VDS team, Zircotec's Moto2 technical partners, is celebrating a double victory after clinching the rider's championship at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia last weekend and the team championship the previous weekend at the Japanese GP at Twin Ring Motegi. With Rabat's teammate Mika Kallio appearing on course to take a well deserved second place in the rider's championship the season is looking like a resounding success for the team.

 

The team is already planning for next year with a full MotoGP team entered on a Honda RCV213V prototype machine which will be ridden by former team member Scott Redding from the UK.

   Marc VDS Moto2 GP bike with Zircotec coating

 

Marc VDS Racing based in Gosselies, Belgium has been working with Zircotec for the last two seasons providing valuable data to feed back into the Zircotec development program. Direct comparative testing carried out by the team has shown that the coated exhaust systems are running at up to 55% lower temperatures than the same uncoated pipes.

 

Since commencing work with Marc VDS, Zircotec has seen the launch of a new range of ceramic coatings aimed specifically at the motorcycle market. The Endurance RangeTM was launched in November 2012 at the Motorcycle Live show and has been a huge success since its introduction

   Tito Rabat wins World Championship for Zircotec partners Marc VDS

 

Tito Rabat's third place finish in Sunday's Malaysian GP in the incredible heat and humidity of Sepang sealed his first Moto2 World Championship. After setting the pole position during Saturday's qualifying it was all set out for the Spaniard to make a good start. Rabat did not disappoint and set off into the lead from the very start. Rabat played safe and with ten laps remaining he eased off his pace and finished the race comfortably in the final rostrum position and taking his and the team's first World title.

Teammate Mika Kallio finished one place ahead of Rabat in the race taking the second slot o the podium. The Finnish rider is determined to take the second place in the championship and his 10th podium finish of the season places him 15 points ahead of the nearest rival Maverick Vignales with two races left to run.


New Zircotec coating preventing EMI wins industry award

25th October 2014

Zircotec's work in developing a new plasma-sprayed coating that paves the way for increasing the use of lighter and more efficient materials in electronic applications has been recognised by the industry.

 

It has just been announced that the coating has received the 2014 Innovation in Materials Award from the trade body for the UK composites industry, Composites UK. Zircotec's durable coating offers a considerably lighter solution than resorting to metal shields to protect the rising number of electronic systems housed in composite enclosures from electromagnetic interference (EMI).

 

Zircotec will be presented with the award at a ceremony to be held at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham on November 11th.

 

   Zircotec ceramic coating prevents EMI & wins award

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) can interrupt or degrade signals of transmitted data. Issues range from being simply a nuisance through to catastrophic failure that mandates legislation in sectors including automotive, aerospace and defence. With a rising number of engineers looking to make use of the lighter weight properties of composites in such applications, Zircotec's coating offers a robust solution without adding the weight penalty of using metal shields.

 

"The judges recognised the technical excellence behind the innovation along with the benefits the product will bring to both the composites industry and end-user sectors," says Dr Sue Haliwell, Operations Manager at Composites UK. "Engineers want to use composites for housing electronics but their poor EMC performance has held this back and having to add a metal shield takes away all the weight advantages," says Zircotec's Managing Director Terry Graham. "Zircotec's range of plasma-sprayed coatings now offers electronics engineers a solution to minimise EMI and can be applied to composites, both thermosetting and thermoplastic components such as junction boxes and interface units. The material is highly durable and chemically resistant. As a coating it takes up considerably less space, another advantage sought in the high performance applications now turning to composites."

 

Zircotec's EMC coating is already in use within motorsport, driven by a surge in electric hybrid powertrains, and is likely to transfer to similar applications within the automotive sector. The Abingdon based firm is now discussing applications for the new coating in future defence, aerospace and marine applications with projects set to start in the next 12 months.