ACG prepregs ride to WTCC championship
ACG reports that its carbon fiber prepregs were used extensively on SEAT's Leons rece cars en route to the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).
Advance Composites Group (ACG, Heanor, U.K.), a member of the Composites Division of Umeco plc, reports that its MTM57 carbon fiber prepregs have assisted SEAT’s León race cars to victory in the 2008 FIA World Touring Car Champion (WTCC) series.
The final round of the WTCC series, which took place in Macau (Nov. 13-16), culminated with SEAT taking both the Drivers' and Manufacturers' world champion titles.
The titles were confirmed by Yvan Muller, clinching first place and his first world title at the wheel of the SEAT León TDI WTCC race car, closely followed by Gabriele Tarquini, who took second place. Thus, the season closed with SEAT clinching two well-earned world titles, all from an impressive round of 12 victories and 19 podium finishes during the season.
Also of significance is that the win makes the SEAT León TDI the first diesel-engined car to win a WTCC, putting to an end BMW's three-year domination of the series. The victories were accomplished in SEAT’s petrol and TDI WTCC Leóns, the latter being hailed as the best car of the championship, having clinched all victories during the series.
ACG’s medium-temperature molding MTM57 component prepregs, which are extensively used in the cars, reportedly have played a vital role in the victories. Magma Composites (Olesa De Montserrat, Spain) and SEAT’s own Sport facilities used ACG’s MTM57 prepregs to manufacture a range of composite carbon fiber components to minimize vehicle weight, which led to subsequent improvements in performance and handling characteristics. The front and rear bumper, front and rear lateral wings, front beam, fuel tank cover, rear floor, rear structure for bumper, outside and inside panels of front and rear doors, rear spoiler, structure for spoiler, console, rear view mirrors, and some protective parts in the engine bay, are just some of the parts made using ACG’s prepregs. Parts were manufactured in both cosmetic and painted finishes and cured via oven/autoclave processing.