Work on Supercars wheel points continues

The management wheel package deal for the brand new Gen3 automobiles has confirmed problematic throughout early operating attributable to points with each the retaining clip design and the spindle.

The retaining clip situation pertains to the effectiveness of the circlip designed to carry the lighter, smaller nuts contained in the rim on the Gen3 wheels.

Groups banded collectively to start engaged on options throughout the shakedown and early testing part in latest weeks.

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That joint effort is constant on the all-in check at Sydney Motorsport Park in the present day with completely different clip designs from the likes of Tickford Racing, Erebus Motorsport and Triple Eight being shared among the many groups.

It is understood among the options in motion embrace adjustments to the design of the nut itself.

As for the spindle situation, groups have been complaining concerning the problem of mounting chilly rims to the automobile when the wheel hub is scorching from on-track operating.

Potential solves, resembling completely different spindle tolerances, are additionally in motion in the present day.

Supercars has moved to this smaller wheel however in a bid to assist groups keep away from utilizing noisy pneumatic wheel weapons when working within the storage.

In principle they need to be capable to change to quieter electrical weapons to be used within the storage, whereas nonetheless utilizing the air weapons for pitstops.

Nevertheless most groups are persevering with to make use of pneumatic weapons, though the likes of Grove Racing, Workforce 18 and Walkinshaw Andretti United are utilizing a combination of each. 

Erebus has additionally joined these utilizing cordless influence wrenches as of the change to Gen3.

“Utilizing electrical wheel weapons was one thing frequent in GT racing with Snap-on and now constructing it into the brand new Gen3 automobiles with the wheel nut change is implausible,” stated Erebus CEO Barry Ryan.

“We sit up for giving Snap-on technical suggestions and seeing if we may also help additional develop the instruments.”


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