Dry Carbon? Show Us Your Autoclave!

February 23, 2011 by Aaron in ASM

Seeing the autoclave in the Red Bull video in the last blog post reminded me about how recently lots of companies have been introducing “Dry Carbon” products and it has really diluted the definition of the term. It’s loosely tossed around but it’s safe to assume that if you or whoever manufactures your parts own an autoclave, you can say you’re producing Dry Carbon. Although that would be considered the minimum requirement for producing Dry Carbon parts, there are many other processes and equipment that separate the high end manufacturers from the rest. As shown in our previous article describing ASM’s composites manufacturing process, the Challenge Technology Center that produces ASM, Mugen and many other JDM company’s aero parts, utilizes 3D modeling, 5-axis CNC machines to produce their molds, water jet cutting machines to trim and cut their parts, 3D spatial data plotting to check manufacturing precision, and many other state of the art processes to ensure consistency and the highest quality product.

Many companies out there that claim to produce “dry carbon” believe that simply using pre-preg (pre-impregnated resin) carbon material is enough to satisfy the criteria for dry carbon but I disagree. But that is where the similarities end with true dry carbon. The manufacturing process is just as important as the materials being used. It would be similar to comparing a connecting rod that was hand dremeled by eye out from a billet block of titanium to one that was designed and load tested in a 3D computer model then precisely CNC milled. Both started from the same material and both can be considered billet rods, but the differences lie in the production process.

So as educated consumers, you should take manufacturers descriptions with a grain of salt unless they can show you their autoclave and manufacturing process to make your own assessments and comparisons; instead of just taking their word for it.

To see more detail about motorsports grade dry carbon manufacturing, see the post about ASM Aero Part Manufacturing

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How An F1 Car Is Made (by Red Bull)

February 22, 2011 by Aaron in Formula 1

Well now that we have to wait an extra 2 weeks for the F1 season to start because of the chaos in Bahrain, here’s something light and fun that Red Bull just released.

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ASM I.S. Design GT-10 Front Aero Bumper IS-11 FRP

February 19, 2011 by Aaron in ASM

The ASM I.S. Design GT-10 Front Aero Bumper IS-11 FRP has officially been scheduled for production. There have been plans to release the FRP version of the GT-10 bumper since the Dry Carbon MR version was introduced but the production schedule has now been confirmed for April completion of the first batch. The first 5 bumper off the line will be headed to Go Tuning Unlimited for those who have already pre-ordered and allow extra time for the slow boat ride across the Pacific.

ASM I.S. Design GT-10 Front Aero Bumper IS-11 FRP – $1895

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ASM Adjustable Sway Bars

February 15, 2011 by Aaron in ASM

Introducing the ASM 3-step Adjustable Stabilizer Bars. These sway bars allow for 3 levels of adjustment for fine tuning to varied track conditions. Keeping in mind that the most important element in suspension turning is the spring and damper setting, ASM chose stabilizer bar rates that are similar to that of an AP2-110 model so the car can be fine tuned to varying track conditions instead of making up for insufficient spring rates. Relative to AP2-110 sway bars, the front can be adjusted 95.8%, 106.6%, or 118.5% difference and the rear can be adjusted 104.5%, 119.4%, or 138.2% difference.

ASM Adjustable Front Stabilizer Bar
ASM Adjustable Rear Stabilizer Bar

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Moton Street Sport Dampers for S2000

February 15, 2011 by Aaron in Other

We’ve just installed the our first set of Moton Street Sport dampers for testing. After the first test drive these are probably the smoothest and most comfortable street dampers we’ve ever experienced. That is changing straight from KW Club Sports on the same car and comparing to experience with nearly every damper on the market today. These are simply the best non-remote reservoir dampers available!

The Moton Street Sport line is designed for the high performance street driver as well as the serious club racer. Both will be very pleasantly surprised by this suspension system. Based on the performance of the Club Sport suspension, the Street Sport suspension combines easy “plug&play” installation with superb motorsport grade performance, both on the street as well as on the track. This suspension system is unquestionably the best non-remote reservoir system on the market today.

The Moton Street Sport suspension set comes with optional springs and upper mounts to make it literally a “bolt-on” suspension set. The Street Sport Kit is single adjustable with 15 steps of adjustment to help dial in every condition you encounter. The Street Sport suspension is designed to be extremely comfortable while driving on daily roads and can be easily adjusted for track conditions. When adjusting the dampers, each click will make a very noticeable change that the driver will fell. Moton dampers feature a very long stroke range for superior performance over most other dampers.

Features:
– 15 step dampening control
– Ride height adjustable
– Optional springs and top mounts
– Unique blow off valve system
– Integrated reservoir for easy installation
– Light weight design
– Large piston rod diamter for more and quicker fluid displacement

Full kit option includes:
– Monoball top hats
– Main Springs (standard rates: F:12.2kg/mm R: 11.2kg/mm)
– Tender Springs (3kg/mm)
– Spring Spacers and Isolators

Moton Street Sport Dampers – S2000 AP1/2

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  • Shahrokhi
    March 4th, 2011 / 23:25 PST

    Thank you for nice website.

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AME TM-02 Tradition Wheels

February 2, 2011 by Aaron in Announcements

We just received some AME TM-02 Tradition wheels specifically designed for S2000 fitment. With the discontinuation of the popular Prodrive GC-07C wheels, there hasn’t been a wheel with proper front fitment for S2000’s that clears big brake kits until now. The AME TM-02 Tradition in 17×9+54 can be run non-staggered on S2000’s and have 5mm of clearance at the closest point of Stoptech calipers, plenty of space. 17×9+44 sizes are also available for those looking for more aggressive fitments. The face also has a nice curvature with color options of Gun Black and Hyper Silver to give it a very refined look. With the increasing cost of forged wheels, these are M.A.T. cast to keep costs down without sacrificing strength and rigidity. They wheels definitely meet the criteria for the track oriented S2000 owner.

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February 2011 ASM Desktop Wallpaper

February 1, 2011 by Aaron in ASM


Click here for last month’s wallpaper.

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