Racing pushes engine and all components to the their absolute limits. Extending those limits and overall durability can ensure better safety, more speed, and more trophies won. Top racing teams use cryogenic processing of engines and transmissions to ensure a significant competitive advantage.
Increasing the components’ durability in the racing vehicles is the main reason for using the cryogenic treatments. Racing constantly pushes the engineers to their limits in order to design engine and chassis elements that can endure long enough to win a race.
At the same time, there’s a requirement of not adding any excess weight as a result of these improvements. If you put in too much mass, then your racing car will be slow. On the other hand, if you make the chassis components too light, then your racing car will hardly make it through the end of the race. The catch is to achieve a delicate balance between weight and reliability.
With the help of cryogenic processing you can increase the durability with no need to make sacrifices when it comes to the car’s weight and major design modifications of essential components. The racing teams can also expect to reduce costs, because the crucial expensive parts can survive the racing stresses to be used in subsequent races.
How can NASCAR racing teams benefit from cryogenic processing?
- Increased engine performance
- Reduced wear
- Improved longevity
- Improvements of the entire structure
- Improves the engine’s stability
- Improved tensile strength
- Improved toughness and stability within the metals
- Release of the internal residual stresses
- Dimensional stabilization
- Faster racing engines
- Reduced downtime and breakage
- Increased horsepower (1-2%)
- Valves slide smoothly
- Increased abrasion resistance
- Increased fatigue resistance
- Increased electrical conductivity
- Positive changes in heat transfer
- Stabilization of metal components
- Significant reduction of warping under heat, stress, and vibration
What racing parts and applications benefit from cryogenic treatment the most?
- All engine parts
- Connecting rods
- Cylinder heads
- Camshafts and lifters
Cryogenic processing can help make connecting rods light. You can also expect an extended service life under the extreme racing conditions. When the millions of dollars are at stake for the winner, then any improvement that can ensure a competitive edge is more than welcome.