Ferrari 458 Challenge equipped by SKF with special single nut

2011 May 24, 20:07 CET

The new single nut from SKF has changed the hub bearing unit of the 33 Ferrari 458 Italia sport cars. The design target of the single nut was to carry over the successful central nut concept of the previous model, while implementing it on the new suspension of the 458 Italia.

SKF expanded the range of the SKF Hub Knuckle Module, adding the central nut clamping design on the wheel connection side. This particular hub design allows an easy change of the tires during the race, a time saver during the pit stop.

The solution have proven to withstand the tough tracks, which place an intense mechanical stress on the bearings together with lateral accelerations reaching some 1.8 G.

These cars made their debut at Monza national circuit during the opening round of this season's Italian and European Challenge Trofeo Pirelli.

The new car model 458 Italia, which substitutes the Ferrari 430, marks a new epoch in terms of performances, thanks to a state-of-the-art sports car concept.

The Ferrari 458 Italia has got a V8 engine, 4.500 cc. and a maximum power of 570 CV @ 9.000 rpm.

"With these harsh conditions Formula 1 races have on the components in the car, we are forced to challenge our self to the maximum to find new innovative solutions to bring the race cars forward with ultimate speed and safety," says Paolo Andolfi, Manager SKF Racing Unit

SKF Racing has been supporting this project and has supplied more than 200 car set so far.

Airasca, 4 May 2011

For further information, please contact:
Katia Girini

Marketing and communication Manager - Car Chassis and Racing Business Units

katia.girini@skf.com

Tel. +39 334 6821383

SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2010 were SEK 61,029 million and the number of employees was 44,742. www.skf.com

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