Oxeon (Borås, Sweden) reported on Feb. 27 that its TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fiber reinforcements were used by four of the top five finishers at the 2013 Daytona 500 race (Daytona Beach, Fla., USA), which kicked off the the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) season.
The Daytona 500 is regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar and this year’s race took place the Feb. 24 in Daytona Beach. TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon reinforcements are said to be suitable when looking to reduce weight and improve mechanical properties. TeXtreme is currently used by selected teams in NASCAR in applications such as bumpers and hoods.
“In similarity with customers from other racing series and industries, the NASCAR teams have been able to take a substantial amount of weight out of the parts by using TeXtreme, and it is great to see that it is helping not only F1 teams to win races. In F1 we have experienced as much as 30 percent of weight savings on their parts using TeXtreme and it will be interesting to see how the progress in NASCAR will be. This is a good start, showing that there is great potential for making even lighter and better cars” says Andreas Martsman, VP – marketing and sales of Oxeon.
TeXtreme has been successfully used in Formula 1 for many years, as well as other racing series such as Le Mans and different European Touring Championships.