Ahead of the 2023 British Touring Car Championship season, WSR are extremely pleased to announce the extension of the team’s partnership with 3D printing specialists Midlands 3D.
The Staffordshire-based organisation offer a range of 3D-printing technologies including industry-leading HP Multi-Jet Fusion (MJF) technology to produce strong, durable components from their in-house manufacturing facility.
These components include those used for enhanced aerodynamics externally and for greater cooling and venting internally in WSR’s four BMW 330e M Sports.
In line with the BTCC’s adoption of electric-hybrid powertrain technology plus a switch to 20 per cent sustainable fuel last year, Midlands 3D’s use of sustainable materials – such as recycled filaments and HP’s High Reusability PA12 nylon – in their production processes helps WSR to move towards a less environmentally-impactful way of working.
With reduced lead times and increased design flexibility on components compared to more traditional manufacturing processes, and a reduced reliance on an increasingly fragile supply-chain 3D printing is increasingly popular for motorsport and the wider automotive industry.
The three WSR Team BMW race cars of Colin Turkington, Stephen Jelley and Adam Morgan plus the Laser Tools Racing with MB Motorsport 3 Series of Jake Hill will use components created by Midlands 3D throughout the 2023 BTCC season.
The company’s branding will also appear on the three Team BMW cars.
The BTCC kicks off at Donington Park on April 22-23 and features a 10-round season at the UK’s best racetracks. Every race is shown live and uninterrupted on ITV channels in high definition.
Carl Mitchell, Sporting & Operations Manager, WSR, said: “We’re very pleased to continue this technical partnership with Midlands 3D after a successful first year in 2022. Using components produced by Multi-Jet Fusion technology reduced the lead time on the relevant components, aided car performance and – through the use of HP’s High Reusability PA12 – improved the sustainability of what we used to build and prepare our championship-winning BMWs.”
Paul Moloney, Managing Director, Midlands 3D, said: “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with WSR for another season. It’s great to see our 3D-printed parts helping the team to achieve remarkable championship-winning success on the track, and we are excited to see what we can accomplish together in 2023.”