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air­boot uses what they call soft tool­ing to pro­duce the part, in­stead of hard tool­ing. So as you make the part, the tool it­self starts to de­te­ri­o­rate and you even­tu­ally can’t pull the part off it. The tool is typ­i­cally good for 20 to 25 uses. But air­boots can change from year to year, so in­vest­ing $12,000 in hard tool­ing doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily make sense. We know the air­boot isn’t some­thing that ev­ery­one is go­ing to want or need, but it is de­signed for the re­ally se­ri­ous racer—it’s go­ing to give them more top-end. Ob­vi­ously we spent the time with the 3-D CAD engi­neer­ing it and de­vel­op­ing it, and we have that CAD data to be able to pro­duce that soft tool­ing to have the part cast. They can only make one air­boot at a time, mean­ing, if the guys are mak­ing them, they make five a week. It’s a day’s la­bor to get one part.”

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