Five Benefits of Having Your Racecar Components Cryogenically Treated

If you're looking for an advantage in the world of racing, it may be time to consider exposing parts of your racing vehicle to cryogenic treatment. Most racing circuits from Formula One down to amateur races allow drivers to use cryogenically treated parts, but you may be wondering what the advantages are. Take a look.

1. Works on multiple parts of your car

If you are considering cryogenic treatment on parts of your race car, the good news is that you can use this process on multiple parts of your car. If you like, you can expose your brake rotors and pads, engine and drive training components, spark plugs, ring and pinion gears, and bearings, not to mention the casing and internal components of your transmission. As a result, you can opt to improve the entire car at once or just focus on small areas one at a time until all the metal in the vehicle has been treated.

2. Increases metal resistance to heat

Cryogenic treatment is a form of metal thermoprocessing. As your parts are treated, they are gradually frozen. Dropping the temperature around them removes the heat from the metal, and this is ultimately an extension of the heat-treating process that helps the metals to better thrive in the hot driving conditions associated with racing

When your vehicle's metal parts have been thermally treated with this method, they hold their shapes better. In particular, because they are more resistant to heat, they tend to warp less in the presence of engine heat or friction. They also dissipate heat more easily.

3. Improves wear resistance

Cryogenic treatment also helps metal car parts to resist wear more effectively. Once parts have been treated, they are less likely to crack. For example, if an engine block is cryogenically treated, its parts aren't as susceptible to the effects of friction. That ultimately boosts horsepower and torque while improving fuel economy.

4. Can include access to metallurgical consulting

When you hire a metal thermal processor to help you strengthen and improve the components of your racing car, you can use the processor's expertise in a number of ways. These experts don't just drop the temperature around your car parts and hope for the best. Rather, they use a complex, computer-controlled thermal process that involves gradually lowering the temperature while monitoring your car parts and stopping as needed for stability. Then the metal is held at temperature for an optimal amount of time until it is brought back up to ambient temperatures.

All of these steps have an effect on the metal that runs to the molecular level. Essentially, freezing the metal slows its molecules, and the change is permanent and still in effect even when the metal is brought back up to room temperature or above. As a result of the process, the now slower molecules are less reactive, and this makes the metal stronger and more resistant to cracks, friction, and heat.

However, when you work with a thermal processor, you can also access the rest of the advice he or she has for you. Namely, these professionals can provide you with metallurgic consulting as well as thermal processing. As a result, you can move forward confidently knowing that each bit of metal in your car has been assessed by a professional.

5. Includes micro polishing

As explained above, metal thermal processors do more than just expose your metal car parts to low temperatures. They also take other steps to ensure your metal parts function on as high of a level as possible. Namely, once the parts have been stabilized at room temperature, the cryogenic treatment professionals can also micro polish them. This precise process removes any little bumps or issues that may increase friction in the components, giving you an even bigger edge on the race course.

Talk to a company like Pacific Metallurgical Inc for more information.