The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

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