With speeds approaching 400 kilometers per hour (249 mph), the body and chassis of a drag-racing car need to be strong. For more than 20 years, drag-racing driver and manufacturer Mats Eriksson has been buying sheet metals in different dimensions from SSAB for his business. Today his company, ME Racing Service, is one of the leading chassis manufactures for elite teams in rally and drag racing.
For the chassis, he has always used chrome moly steel, which until November 5, 2012 was the only steel regulated for roll cages in drag racing. Two years ago Eriksson began to notice a decline in quality of the steel tubes he was using. “The chrome moly tubes were not what they had been; the quality was much poorer and more uneven,” he says.
He began to wonder if there was any other steel that would have better strength, but the same weight. Knowing from experience that SSAB steel was strong and easy to work with, he turned to them for a solution. Now, two years later, Docol R8 steel tubes are allowed in roll cages in drag racing and Ericsson uses that product extensively. “Docol R8 is stronger, more even and easier to weld,” says Lena Peres, partner and team member in ME Racing. Our goal is to one day build a drag racing car using only SSAB steel,” she adds.
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