The relationship kicked off in December 2014 when KWM was called upon to use its experience, honed through more than a decade of involvement in racecar design and engineering at Le Mans in the top LMP classes, to ensure the Strakka Racing car was homologated, tested and on the start line ready for the first round of the WEC at Silverstone.
KWM's high performance engineering expertise, including its additive manufacturing (AM) capabilities, were utilised to re-engineer a complete new cockpit door system for Strakka Racing's DOME S103 coupe LMP2, together with a complete set of aero and homologation components critical to being ready for the 2015 WEC season.
The project involved 3D printing a complete prototype of the new door and innovative hinge system to ensure fit and function, mitigating all technical and manufacturing risks in order to accomplish the challenging project schedule. What resulted was a lightweight, aerodynamic system that was manufactured to meet FIA guidelines and fitted seamlessly within the existing racecar chassis. Most critically this was done to a fixed and immovable February homologation deadline
Kieron Salter, managing director of KWM, said: "The KWM team has a proven track record in motorsport and in particular Le Mans, but the last couple of years we have been away from the racetrack establishing our technology transfer company KW Special Projects, so this project with Strakka Racing is perfectly timed for our return to sportscar racing. Where we really add value is in collaboration and new technology. In particular using our AM capability, we were able to turn the project round quickly and deliver a solution worthy of Strakka Racing's car. This is obviously an exciting project for us and we're looking forward to following the car and the Strakka Racing team through what we're sure will be a competitive season."
Dan Walmsley, team principal at Strakka Racing, added: "KWM has been fundamental to us being ready for this weekend's pivotal race. The team's experience in motorsport is second-to-none and it has provided us with an elegant solution, fit for purpose, on time and to budget."
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