Polystrand (Englewood, Colo.) is featuring in its booth a vehicle suspension system made with thermoplasti composites as part of its partnership with PPG and SANLUIS Rassini, which is preparing the vehicle to compete in the Grand Touring Lite (GTL) classification in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). GT cars are purpose-built, highly modified replicas of series produced sport sedans. The class rules offer great freedom of construction by allowing one-off chassis designs, use of alternate materials and a multitude of drivetrain and suspension options.
Construction is currently in process on the Honda CRX chassis, a purpose-built GT car that has consistently appeared in the SCCA Runoffs since first hitting the track in 1991. The car features a suspension system made with composite materials provided by thermoplastics Polystrand and glass fiber supplier PPG. The part is also a contender for the CAMX Awards.
“We’re excited to demonstrate our technologies in such a challenging, high-stress operating environment, especially in structural and suspension components,” says Jonathan Spiegel, senior engineer at Polystrand. “The ability to showcase our lightweight, durable and recyclable materials with support from these industry-leading partners is a unique opportunity for us.”
Tony Berlingieri, business unit manager at SANLUIS Rassini, adds, “As a leading suspension component manufacturer, SANLUIS Rassini is thrilled to partner with PPG and Polystrand to provide innovative, forward-thinking material advancements in lightweight suspension solutions for our customers’ needs. With our knowledge of suspension design and development, coupled with our partners’ strengths in materials, we are extremely confident this initiative will provide valuable lightweighting opportunities.”
The GTL project will compete in the SCCA Majors, a national level racing series, which culminates in the SCCA Runoffs — a national championship event held each fall. Starting in 2014, the championship events are slated for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Daytona International Speedway, and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.