Strakka Racing appoints KWM for 2015 events

Strakka Racing revs up for the 2015 sportscar season, with a new cockpit door system created by KW Motorsport (KWM).
Prototype sports car race team, Strakka Racing, has appointed KW Motorsport (KWM) to provide engineering, design and manufacturing services to support its World Endurance Championship (WEC) and Le Mans endeavours in 2015.

In December, 2014, KWM homologated and tested the Strakka Racing car for the first round of the WEC at Silverstone.

The company's additive manufacturing capabilities re-engineered a new cockpit door system for the team's DOME S103 coupe LMP2, together with a complete set of aero and homologation components for the 2015 WEC season.

The project involved 3D printing a prototype of the new door and hinge system to ensure fit and function to produce a lightweight, aerodynamic system, manufactured to meet FIA guidelines and which fitted seamlessly within the existing racecar chassis. Critically this was done to a fixed February homologation deadline

Recently, the company has been away from the racetrack establishing its technology transfer company, KW Special Projects, specialising in design, manufacture and supply of digital fabrication in the high performance engineering sector.

This project with Strakka Racing marks a return to sports car racing. Kieron Salter, managing director of KWM believes: "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 . . . has provided us with an elegant solution, fit for purpose, on time and to budget."

Caroline Hayes

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