Racing ahead with Docol R8 Tube
December 05, 2016 13:00 CET 6 min read
In the world of racing, the ultimate goal is to move faster. That’s why nothing is left to chance when developing racing cars. They need to be as light as possible, but at the same time you can’t compromise on driver safety. Docol R8 Tube in high-strength steel is strong, safe and consistent to work with. It allows you to create racing chassis and components that deliver the highest performance, all the way from the workshop to the racetrack.
Other materials often contain variations that behave differently, even if they have the same design. Docol R8 tubes have uniform properties that make it possible to develop structures and chassis that deliver the same high performance, over and over again.
Easy to work with
One of the advantages that Docol R8 Tube can offer racing engineers and mechanics is its good weldability. Thanks to low alloy counts and a clean oxide-free surface, Docol R8 Tube is easily welded to other types of steel. Pre-heating is not necessary and the characteristics of the weld zone are close to the parent material.
And when it comes to bending Docol R8 Tube, this can be done with the most commonly used bending tools.
High ductility – it’s a matter of safety
Docol R8 Tube has excellent ductility properties for chassis and roll cages: Docol R8 can absorb a great deal of energy before cracking. This is important from a safety perspective, not only in a crash, but also in the event of driver rescue. Tests have shown that cutting through a crashed chassis is easier when the chassis is made from Docol R8 tubes.
Tested and reviewed
Docol R8 Tube has been extensively tested and reviewed and is SFI approved. It is formally approved by NHRA, SCCA, BMW Car Club, Powri and Can Am Sprint Series. You’ll find Docol R8 Tube in drag cars, sprint cars, midget cars, motorcycles, sports cars, late models, modifieds and go-karts.
This is how to bend the Docol R8 Tube for racing safety cages: https://youtu.be/0enwhMXvfZ4
How to best weld a Docol R-Series tube for racing: https://youtu.be/n1-5_gjUBIU