ORACLE TEAM USA will continue its cooperation with TeXtreme® as the preferred supplier of carbon fiber materials used to produce composite parts for the team’s catamarans. The team is preparing to defend its title in the 35th America’s Cup in 2017, using boats reinforced by TeXtreme® technology.
Grant Simmer, General Manager of ORACLE TEAM USA, says, “We are pleased to renew our partnership with TeXtreme®. We receive outstanding support working with TeXtreme’s high quality materials, which allows us to build and develop the most advanced race boats. This will give our sailors a distinct competitive advantage in the America’s Cup.”
Tim Smyth, General Manager of Core Builders Composites that builds the AC45S boats comments: “With TeXtreme® we achieve benefits from a mechanical standpoint as well as from a manufacturing perspective. As a result of using TeXtreme®, we have managed to reduce the lay-up time and realize significant cost savings and at the same time made it possible for us to reduce the overall weight of the boats.”
A key component in the process has become to precisely optimize the weight and design of the yacht in order to achieve proper foiling. The choice of materials, predominantly carbon fiber composites, has a direct impact on a boat’s performance.
In addition to the novel TeXtreme® materials presence in the America’s Cup, the company’s innovative products are widely used in the Formula 1, NASCAR, Le Mans and Indy Car auto racing circuits; in the manufacture of bicycles; ice hockey, golf and tennis equipment; surfboards, and skis – and in various industrial and advanced aerospace applications.
“We’re delighted that TeXtreme® continues to be the number one choice when it comes to weight reduction and improved performance. We aim to keep ORACLE TEAM USA as competitive as possible by remaining at the forefront of composite material development,” says Andreas Martsman, VP of Marketing & Sales at Oxeon.
Products reinforced by TeXtreme® on average benefit from 20% of weight savings in comparison to other carbon fiber materials on the market – without sacrificing strength or rigidity.
“We compared countless different composite reinforcements and, considering all aspects such as cost, potential weight savings and mechanical properties, TeXtreme® was the obvious choice,” concludes Core Builders’ Tim Smyth.