The Team BOC paint and panel department have been flat out during the mid season break manufacturing the next generation door skins for Jason Richards? Team BOC commodore and team mates Jason Bright and Karl Reindler?s Commodores.
The latest, state of the art door skin is a Kevlar/ Fibreglass combination which, when constructed is 60% lighter than the steel door skins run previously. As always, teams are striving for any advantage and a weight saving to this degree is a real bonus for the engineers when it comes time for car set up.
The process involves bonding a layer of Kevlar with 3 layers of differing gauges of fiberglass in a door skin mould. Resin added between each layer is the bonding agent. A layer of foam is placed prior to the last layer of fibre glass.
The bonding process seals the layers by forcing the resin through the layers with the aid of an air pump. An overnight stay in the oven helps the bonding and shortens the timeframe.
The crew removes the sealing tape from the mould and the finished door skin weights in at just under 2 kgs.
The Kevlar door skins will now feature on all three Brad Jones Racing V8 Supercars. Rear doors and passenger side doors only will replace the current steel skins as V8 Supercar safety regulations still require driver?s doors to be all steel construction.
Published: 19 August 2010.