NEW CV JOINTS LIGHTER, STRONGER
BUILDERS of drift cars and after market tuners can look forward to the local release of new, lighter CV joints from GKN Driveline.
This global leader in automotive driveline technologies has developed a new family of lightweight constant velocity joint (CV joint) systems that enable rear-wheel drive platforms to save more than 4kg of weight.
Karl Berger, GKN Driveline senior director of constant velocity joints, said: “GKN innovations make vehicles better to drive and more efficient. For premium rear-wheel drive programmes seeking CO2 emissions reductions, this system represents a step forward in weight, efficiency, performance and refinement for premium rear-wheel drive cars.”
GKN’s new VL3 CV joint increases torque capacity by up to 27% with no increase in packaging size.
Available in four sizes, the VL333ISM variant now has a torque capacity of 3 300Nm in a package previously capable of delivering only 2 600Nm. The VL3 CV joint system can also maintain performance while reducing package size by approximately seven percent.
Berger said GKN has pioneered the development of CV joints for more than 60 years. “The latest innovations offer improvements in every area of importance for automakers, including strength, endurance, efficiency and weight, helping to produce a dynamic driving performance and optimising power delivery from the engine to the wheels. We have also minimised backlash, which leads to a refined driving experience.”
The VL3 has recently been named as an Automotive News 2016 PACE Award finalist. — WR.