Heat Treatment of High Performance Automotive Transmissions-Xtrac
“Xtrac is the World’s leading supplier of high performance transmissions for top level professional Motorsport and High Performance Automotive applications. Headquartered in the UK in Thatcham, Berkshire and with additional operations in the USA in Mooresville, North Carolina and Indianapolis, Indiana. Xtrac designs, manufactures and assembles all of their transmissions in-house using the very latest design and analysis tools, and state of the art machining, assembly and test equipment. Xtrac – Transmission Technology Specialists” The firm is so successful at what it does that not only has it been a leading supplier on the F1 circuit, it recently announced that it is the sole gearbox and driveline supplier for NASCAR’s 2022 next gen cup car-a very impressive feat, with 300 transmission assemblies being supplied before the start of the season at Daytona in February 2022.
With this background we looked forward to visiting the company recently at their headquarters in Thatcham, UK and seeing their heat treat facility, the visit took place just a few weeks ago and provided a glimpse into the future and that future is vacuum carburizing. The medium sized heat treat department consists of the industry standard for heat treating gears, batch IQ furnaces and the future in the form of Ipsen vacuum carburizing systems. In recent years, Xtrac have made a significant investment into low pressure carburising, with all of their high performance automotive components being processed this way along with the majority of the high level motorsport product. Combined with this technology was a very elaborate state of the art cleaning system. All in all quite an impressive facility. Combined with this technology was a very elaborate state of the art cleaning system. All in all quite an impressive facility. We have two photos to share with you today, in the first we see from the left Aaron Long, VAS, John Bass-Archerm, Xtrac and Gord Montgomery. In the second we see from the left Greg Walker, VAS, John Bass-Archerm and Gord Montgomery
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