Why Racing Is Crucial To Successful Clutch Design


Written by Moore Good Ink

Since 1987 Ram Clutches’ Pat Norcia has spent virtually every racing weekend studying track conditions-here determining optimum launch rpm and clutch counterweights. “When you go racing you gather a lot of valuable information, mostly advancing your understanding as to what makes the car work better. When our customers address us with a problem I can often resolve it because I’ve already experienced it. If I didn’t go to the races and instead stayed here at the office designing new things, the organization at the shop would be very efficient, but eventually we would experience part failures-racers would exceed the capabilities of our present designs. But when you are racing constantly you can see how things evolve. Why all of a sudden, for example, might a successful five-year-old design fail? Well, it might need to be improved because the car is now pulling a taller gear or it’s making more horsepower or maybe the part is old-or perhaps its lifecycle is shorter than previously thought. It’s this experience that has kept us ahead in the auto racing and aftermarket clutch business.”

RAM Clutches
201 Business Park Blvd.
Columbia, SC 29203
Telephone (803) 788-6034 or visit:
www.ramclutches.com


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