Ceramic coatings cool classic Camaro in long distance race and rally event
ZircoFlex® flexible ceramic heat shield offers protection over long distance competitive event
OXFORD – Whilst preparing the ex-Richard Lloyd 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 for the Tour Britannia, engineer Steven Wood wanted to ensure the crew and car would be in premium condition over the long distance event. After experiencing heat issues in previous competition outings, Wood knew the Tour Britannia; a three day mix of both rally stages, races as well as road sections would generate uncomfortably high cockpit temperatures. With so much time spent in the car, an effective heat barrier was needed to keep the drivers cool.
The answer came from thermal management specialists Zircotec. The Oxfordshire firm offers a range of technologies to keep road and race cars cool including ZircoFlex®, a flexible ceramic-backed aluminium that can cut, folded and bent to shape. The material, just 0.25mm thick can reduce surface temperatures by 64 percent. In triple layer format, protection increases to lower it by 84 percent. “The V8 in the Camaro generates a lot of heat,” says Wood. “With so much time in the car in race suits, we wanted to keep the cockpit as cool as possible and decided to fit the foil to the bulkhead and floor where the exhaust is routed.”
According to Wood and driver Stuart Scott, ZircoFlex significantly lowered the cockpit temperatures to ensure the car was more comfortable and safer for the drivers. “The first ever application of Zircotec® was to lower cockpit temperatures in a rally car,” says Zircotec’s sales director Peter Whyman. “With ZircoFlex we have a solution that is affordable that club and national competitors can receive protection that was previously the domain of professional teams.”
In the event the Camaro performed beyond expectations and secured a podium beating a number of the more nimble and suitable Porsche 911s. “It is a great car to drive and now a much more comfortable one too,” concludes Wood.
Zircotec www.zircotec.com offers a wide range of plasma sprayed ceramic and metallic coatings that protect components against the effects of heat, wear, abrasion and corrosion. Lightweight and easily packaged, Zircotec’s technologies can be applied to a broad range of different materials including metals and composites. Proven in F1 and the nuclear industry, the technology is now trusted by car manufacturers, industrial users, car enthusiasts and an increasing range of other applications to effectively manage heat and wear, enhancing performance and reliability. ZircoFlex® offers for the first time, a truly flexible ceramic coating whilst most recent development is Liquid Black™, a gloss, enamel-like heat resistant finish.
Nick Bailey, Propel Technology, Bloxham Mill, Barford Road, Bloxham, Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK, OX15 4FF. +44 (0)1295 724130 / +44 (0) 7813 956664
Peter Whyman, Zircotec, 22 Nuffield Way, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 1RL
+44 1235 54 60 50