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Super vehicles engines to drop 15 horsepower in 2020

The category is working on an assurance to better mileage of the 15-plus horsepower units, with a strategy in place to cut down on one rebuild for each season for each vehicle.

At the heart of the cost-saving measures is a mandated rocker and piston ring seal, which will substitute the costly, volatile parts currently being used for a small performance gain.

The loss is anticipated to be within horsepower.

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‘At the commence of the year we were questioned to look at how we have to save the teams some money,’ noted Super vehicles head of motorsport Adrian Burgess. 

So we commenced the engine investigation and watching at that. 

There wasn’t a single team undertaking beneath four rebuilds, in terms of its engine’s life, and it was a sort of easy objective for us to try and obtain that down to three. 

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Bring that down to three and you potentially save each team some dollars, just on engines. The parts of a rebuild cost significant value in USD and then add in some labor as well. The saving wouldn’t be the same for a variety of people.

The easiest way for us to do that equally for everyone was to change the rocker and ring seal. That will lose approximately, horsepower equally for everyone. And it’ll just de-stress the engine a little bit. 

The teams all migrated to an actually costly ring seal that gave them two horsepower. However, it actually degraded a lot quicker. 

We’re not inventing the wheel once more or anything. We are going back to an older ring seal for everyone. 

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It’s a few USD as opposed to the USD of a set. And it doesn’t degrade. So it is actually a no-brainer for everyone and a very operational way for us to take some stress out of the engines and permit them to stretch them a little bit further than they are.

Burgess added that conversation within engine durability are before now paying dividends in the pitlane, even before the older-spec components are re-launched.

Last year, once we looked at our engine logs, there were only two engines throughout the course of the year that went over kilometers, he noted. 

This year before now we’ve observed nine. So, even just the conversation in addition to work we’ve been doing, teams are commencing to think contrarily. 

It’s a mentality shift. They’re beginning to change their process. Before now they’re seeing the benefits of that. And coming year it will be all in place, where you have to only rebuild three times throughout the year.

Originally posted 2019-09-22 18:21:29.

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