Autosport Show @ Birmingham NEC
We have our race car on the 750 Motor Club stand at the Autosport Show, hosted at Birminghams NEC exhibition centre.
Come see us and get involved in a great new race series.
Rotaryart have now joined forces with RoTechniks, the recent buy out now means we have their 30 years expirience of Rotary cars and the development side of our business at RotaryArt will all be made under one roof.
RoTechniks have restored and worked on the Worlds Rarest, and extreme cars.
Visit the new RoTechniks site for more information of there projects past and preasent.
RoTechniks remanufactured engines
If Carlsberg built engines they would probably get RoTechniks to do it for them:
RoTechniks are the 1st and only company UK, Europe or rest of World to offer this warrantee period. Having the correct machines, preparations and techniques for modifying and remanufacturing RoTechniks offer a 3 year or 36000 mile warrantee on their remanufactured engines.
RoTechniks consult for the MOD and employ a specialist from the oil industrty with 20 years expirience with specialist oils, and previously worked as an engineer.
RoTechniks have in house specialist oil testing & diagnostic equipment and have spent several years testing, expirimenting and diagnosing oils with rotary aplications.
RoTechniks have also designed and built their own specialist machines for servicing, maintainence on rotary and diesel engines.
We are confident you will not get a better quality rebuild.
Remanufactured engines here
RoTechniks for many years have bought in bulk, 1000 ltr totes of quality mineral oils for rotary cars.
Now these savings can be passed on in convenient 5 ltrs bottles.
API SL/CF4 - ACEA A3, B3, B4 - VW 505.00 - MB229.1
RoTechniks Braekfast Club
RoTechniks is inviting friends and customers to their breakfast mornings.
Intended to be a laid back breakfast, somewhere for people to meet and chat, see who we are and what we do. For those that know this already it's a chance for some free grub and catch up with others.
Saturdays for us are our day for working on projects and catching up on work, we dont usually take on customer work, as its our only chance to do our cars.
So come down intro yourself, see what we are working on and catch up on the latest.
See you Sat, we open the doors at 9am and close 12:30
This will run the last Saturday of every month to start.
It would be nice if I could get a rough idea of how many to buy for by either posting here or email or PM
Follow link for more information.
RoTechniks Breakfast club
RotaryArt and RoTechniks now have sole UK rights to distribute the great new and inovative range of products for the rotary car by Carbonetics. Carbonetics part of the Across group.
Carbonetic BLADE clutch plate
ACROSS has shattered the conventional image of an expensive carbon clutch.
The carbon blade clutch is not only to fit the stock cover but also priced at not much different from the performance metal clutches.
Light weight rotors
Coming real soon lightweight billet rotors, so far tests have proven the ability of these great performance additions.
Drag car has used and tested these with 7 sec passes and on strip down the rotors have looked as new with no visible damage.
A 500 bhp street car has used these again on first strip down after 600 miles, results look great. car has now been put back together for further mileage and testing.
New big test is the Sebring 24hr where the rotors will be tested for endurance....
These with the right mods should allow your car the rev to 14,000 - 15,000 RPM and could contribute to 15 - 20% more fuel efficiency.
East Coast rotors
Performance Tested Seals
Rotaryart are now the sole UK & European distriutors for the apex seals of champions.
Performance Tested Seals (PTS) have developed a product especially for you that are guaranteed not to break in an engine, giving you an advantage over other racers.
Seals do not wear the housings or rotors.
Tested under race conditions, high boost and high RPM.
Seals available for 2mm and 3mm for 12a, 13b and 20b rotary engines.
Trade enquiries welcome.
PTS Apex seals
East Coast Parts
East Coast Parts have appointed RotaryArt as sole UK & European distributors for their complete product range.
East Coast Parts are pioneering a wave of new rotary parts never seen before on rotaries. Their unique and innovative ideas will Im sure pave the way for more powerful and efficient rotarys.
Products include new unbreakable seals, lightweight billet rotors, manifols, throttle bodies amd much more.
East Coast parts
Rotaryart are authorised distributors of K&N air filters, so confident are we of there superior quality and performance gains, they are the only fitler systems we stock. And if they are good enough for Abel Ibarra. Trade enquiries welcome.
MAZDA FURAI CONCEPT
The Mazda Furai concept car which makes its world premiere at the NAIAS in Detroit, Michigan, today (Sunday), celebrates 40 years of Mazdas rotary engine and international motorsports heritage. The raciest interpretation of NAGARE design language to-date, Furai is the latest car in Mazdas award-winning and highly acclaimed series of concept cars. Nagare (pronounced na-ga-reh), is the Japanese for flow and the embodiment of motion.
Furai (pronounced foo-rye - Japanese for sound of the wind) is the sort of car that could only come from a company that incorporates the Soul of a Sports Car into everything it builds, but with an eye toward the future and the environment through the use of renewable fuels. Consequently, Furai is initially tuned to operate on 100 per cent ethanol, while research with partner BP into other future fuels, including ethanol/gasoline blends like E10, continues.
| Franz von Holzhausen, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) Director of Design and the person who led the team that created the Furai, explains the thinking behind the concept, "We were looking for a way to bridge the gap between Mazda Motorsports and the production vehicles in our lineup. The mindsets of road-car and racing car fans are quite different, so the purpose of Furai is to find a meeting point for these disparate interests." |
"Furai achieves this by purposely blurring boundaries that have traditionally distinguished the street from the track. Historically, there has been a gap between single-purpose racecars and street-legal performance models - commonly called supercars - that emulate the real racers on the road. Track cars are, by their competitive nature, ill-suited for practical highway use, as well as generally far from road-legal. While some supercars visit the track on occasion, they are primarily road cars not properly equipped for racing. The aim of Furai is to bridge this gap," continued von Holzhausen.
| However, Mazda neither intends to race Furai, nor is it a supercar the company plans to build and sell in the near future. Rather, Furai is a design study that lives between those extremes. Without the restrictions imposed by serial production models, and with the freedom of an autoshow environment, Mazda is using the opportunity to evolve the companys Nagare design theme one more step closer to reality.|
Instead of mimicking racecar components and design elements in a road car - the strategy preferred by supercar manufacturers - the Mazda way was to begin this project with the real McCoy: a Courage C65 chassis that earned its stripes during two seasons of LMP-2 endurance racing in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). This sports car was successfully campaigned under the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development banner by B-K Motorsports during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Drivers Jamie Bach, Guy Cosmo, Elliott Forbes-Robinson, and Raphael Matos piloted the car to one victory and a total of nine podium finishes in 15 ALMS events. B-K finished third in championship standings both years; while Bach and Cosmo were co-Rookies of the Year in 2005 after their first season of ALMS racing.
"Anticipating future rules changes in the ALMS, we created a new closed cockpit which would be more appropriate for a future production model," said von Holzhausen. "The major element we did not change is the 450-horsepower RENESIS-based R20B three-rotor rotary engine that provides the Furais ample Zoom-Zoom. The ultimate Mazda in our minds is rotary powered; as a company, we have no intention of abandoning that valuable asset. When people think of the very best production sports cars in the world, the rotary powered Mazda RX-7 is always on that list."
| The Furai concept serves as a turning point in the Nagare developmental process. While the four previous concept cars explored different ways to express Mazdas emerging design philosophy and to explore an aesthetic, this one is all about function - every last texture and detail serves some functional purpose. In essence, the Furai creative process boiled down to guiding air over and through the body in fruitful ways. To prove that this concept goes far beyond static aerodynamic analysis, Mazdas design, motorsports and R&D teams worked together to construct Furai as a 180 mph rolling laboratory to demonstrate its functional capabilities on demand.|
| "The basic proportions of contemporary race cars are every designers dream," enthused von Holzhausen. "Furai is less than 40 inches high (1000mm) but nearly 80 inches (2000mm) wide."|
While Furai strikes an incredibly strong presence, the real beauty of the project - and its most valuable asset as a real-world test-bed - is in the details that von Holzhausen and his team incorporated:
The body surface provides ample opportunity to feature core design elements such as aggressive headlamps and Mazdas unique five-point grille.
The headlamp trim pieces function as guide frames to help cancel aerodynamic lift.
High-pressure zones just above the front wheels are relieved to serve the same end.
The air flow package takes air moving under the front of the car and guides it inside the body to the engine-cooling radiators.
Nagare textures incorporated in the side surfaces feed air to the rear brakes, the oil cooler and the transmission cooler.
An under-car diffuser that begins rising aft of the cockpit helps draw the volume of air flowing through the radiators and engine bay, out the rear.
The Mazda design and R&D teams worked closely with Swift Engineering to refine the aerodynamic characteristics, assuring that Furai remains glued to the ground at high speeds. Through its existing relationship with Swift Engineering, forged through development of the Mazda/Cosworth-powered Champ Car Atlantic single-seater chassis, the team used complex Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software to tune various Nagare design elements to function at a high degree of efficiency. Drag, downforce, lift and overall aesthetics were all key considerations.
| Sourced straight from the race track, the Courage carbon-composite tub is essentially intact under the new Furai body, including the right-side drivers seat. Instead of the stark interior typical of race cars though, this cockpit is finished with more comfortable but still highly functional surfaces. An electronic display screen and gear-change shift paddles are built into the steering wheel. |
In the chassis original racing configuration, the passenger seat is filled with electronic gear, so those components were relocated elsewhere to provide adequate space for two occupants. The greenhouse is somewhat wider than the original cockpit to provide adequate head and shoulder room and adequate visibility. Doors attached with butterfly hinges provide a very efficient means of entering the cockpit. In this instance, the design team followed an approach that has proven very effective during years of endurance racing.
"One thing we learned from CFD studies is that we dont need much rear wing to balance the down force created by the front splitter and the Nagare features weve sculpted into the body," observed von Holzhausen. "Combustion air is provided by a variation of the Turbo Tongue device that Swift developed for Indy car use a decade ago. It rises slightly higher than the surrounding roof surface to ingest clean air above the boundary layer. Our final design works so well that we applied for a joint patent with Swift. Of course, it helps that its a real piece of art, too, and one we had to incorporate into the design."
The Irvine, California-based Aria Group was responsible for creating new composite panels and they worked hand-in-hand with Mazda North American Operations own in-house fabrication team to mate them to the Courage chassis. The dark matte finish with red and orange accents harkens back to the livery worn by Mazdas legendary 787B when it won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1991, making the company the first - and still only - Japanese company to ever win the endurance classic.
| Furai not only probes future design possibilities, it also ventures ahead with an alternative fuel. Consistent with the Mazdas recently announced Sustainable Zoom-Zoom initiatives, the Furais three-rotor powerplant has been tuned to run powerfully on 100-percent ethanol (ethyl alcohol) and ethanol/gasoline blends. There are exciting advances being made in renewable fuels, from current blends like E10 (10% ethanol/90% gasoline) with research ongoing into making ethanol from cellulostic materials, to future renewable gasoline components like Butanol - a higher order alcohol which is fungible with gasoline. |
John Doonan, Mazdas manager of motorsports team development in the USA, explains the thinking behind Furais use of alternative fuel, "One of our key technical partners in motorsports, BP, helped facilitate our use of E100. In 2007, ALMS required use of E10 and E100 is now the only acceptable fuel in the Indy Racing League, so were projecting ahead with this application to gain experience and to improve Mazdas environmental profile.
We are proud to partner BP which is a string leader in renewable fuels and recently announced a US$500 million investment in the Energy Biosciences Institute. BP also has a very green focus in the marketplace, and its Mazdas intention to sustain its Zoom-Zoom performance image on and off the racetrack. While Mazdas rotary has proven readily adaptable to various alternative fuels, including considerable work with hydrogen fuel, this is the first time its been engineered for other ethanol blends. The Mazda rotary engine is unique in its ability to run well on multiple fuels."