Archive for the ‘Prototyping’ Category

Finishing up a few more 300M prototype IFS stub shafts.

August 12th2012

While it may be Sunday, we’re still hard at work here at Spidertrax. Here’s a shot of a 300M prototype IFS stub shaft, getting some final splining in our VF-3 4th axis. After machining, this guy will make its way to the furnace for some heat treating action, then back for some final higher precision machining.

Another step closer for the Pro Series Rotor.

August 2nd2012

One of the advantages of the upcoming Pro Series Rotor is it’s precision in flatness. Every rotor will be double disc ground, as shown above, holding a parallelism of 0.002″. This, plus a new hole & slot combination pattern, makes for the perfect Ultra4 go-fast rotor. Pricing and release date still in the works, but we’ll be sure to post that here as soon as we get them worked out.

Another IFS housing finds a home.

July 31st2012

Ben Napier is hard at work, getting his all new Ultra4 “Koala Punch” IFS racer ready for the 2013 King of the Hammers. Here’s a shot of his Spidertrax prototype IFS housing, taken right before it left our shop a few months back. Judging by the recent photos he posted yesterday on Facebook, his Koala racer will undoubtably be one to watch next year.

Prototype Pro Series Rotor spy shot.

July 2nd2012

Prototype Pro Series action.

It was a busy weekend, but we’re now wrapping up the first set of prototype Pro Series Rotors. Next up, double disc grinding, then they’ll be ready for Glen Helen. Be sure to check out yesterday’s blog post for more rotor details.

Just a little prototype machining action for your Sunday pleasure.

July 1st2012

Another pass on our prototype Pro Series Rotor.

We’re hard at work this weekend, continuing to dive into prototyping our next generation Ultra4 rotor. This all started back with Brad Lovell’s Pro Light, where we prototyped a heat-treated, stainless steel, double disc ground 1/4″ thick rotor. Essentially, an over the top performance rotor that to date, has helped power Brad to two TORC 1st place finishes this year alone, most recently at Crandon. As exciting as this rotor design was, we skipped calculating the costs as in the end, it would likely not make financial sense for an Ultra4. Sure, it works well, but that doesn’t mean another version couldn’t performance just as well at a fraction of the cost.

And now we enter this weekend. Above, you’re getting a glimpse at what we envision our upcoming Ultra4 Pro Series Rotor to be. Steel construction just like our current large diameter brake rotors, but with a new less aggressive, but arguably more effective, combination hole and partial depth slot pattern, finished off with true double disc grinding just as we had done with Brad. In the end, the extra manufacturing will add some cost to our traditional rotor, but it should be reasonable and affordable, especially considering the added advantages for the now blended mix of Ultra4 terrains.

The set we’re finishing up now will go under Jason Scherer’s IFS racer for testing at Glen Helen on July 21st. We’re confident they will performance as well as expected, but in the end Jason’s racer will be the evidence of that.