Cryogenics and Motorsports


Over the past two decades, cryogenic processing has found a new home in the arena of motorsports.  NASCAR, NHRA, IRL, FIA World Rally, Formula One, APBA, and many other organized bodies have teams using cryogenic treatment in every area of their racing programs.  What's not to like about a process that can reduce parts breakage and downtime in your race vehicles?  Afterall, how can you win a race if you can't finish it?  Serious racers know this and use cryogenic processing's many benefits to their advantage.  Now you can take advantage of these benefits as well.



The applications for motorsports are almost innumerable... Many races field vehicles that are almost entirely comprised of cryogenically treated components!  Anywhere there is a possibility of wear, whether it is friction related, rolling, or impact; cryogenically treated components will exhibit a measurable degree of increased durability.




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Engine Blocks - 

The refined grain structure in engine blocks that have been processed exhibit a highly increased resistance to wear and are much less prone to stress fracturing.  The tolerance may be held to a higher standard because of the stabilizing ability of the processing; i.e., reduced instances of core shift.



Bearings and Reciprocating Assemblies - 

Cryogenically treated bearings resist the adhesive wear properties that are found in metal-to-metal contact and keep a true concentric shape for a much longer period of time.  



Crankshafts are the other factor of the above equation; their much denser grain structure after being treated allows them to resist the same wear associated with the bearing and are much less prone to scuffing that will eventually cause irregular bearing wear and failure.  The stress relieving characteristics of the process reduce unwanted harmonics in cranks allowing for less vibration and subsequently less chance of stress fracturing.  It can also ease in the balancing process with some treated parts requiring less heavy metal for proper balance.  



Rods show a marked increase in tensile strength after being treated as well as a significantly reduced likelihood of stress fracturing.  Pistons become highly resistant to scuffing and other forms of adhesive wear along with the common benefit of reducing stress fracturing, particularly important to those running forced induction.  The rings?  You'll see a marked increase in ring life translating into longer life, less leakdown, and MORE POWER!



Valvesprings - 

The most highly stressed component in an engine.  Did you know that the valvespring creates more heat than any other engine component?  Cryogenically treated springs stabilize at their rated pressure and stay there for a much longer lifespan.



Flat Tappet Camshafts and Lifters - 

The fact that many classes require the use of flat tappet cams cause us to examine the benefits this process can show on these highly frictional wear pieces.  Research shows a marked increase in the lifespan of flat tappet cam lobes as well as the face of the flat tappet lifters.  This translates into a longer life and more consistent valve timing.



Ring and Pinions and Other Gearing - 

Cryogenically treated gear sets can take much higher levels of abuse both from impact and frictional wear.  Transmissions and planetaries show the same increases in longevity and the ability to withstand abuse.


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