19 Oct 2015
bf1systems Collaborate With Aston Martin On The Steering Wheel For Their Most Exhilarating Creation To Date
bf1systems are pleased to announce their latest collaboration, the steering wheel for the Aston Martin Vulcan; a track-only supercar and their most intense and exhilarating creation to date.
Born out of extensive motorsport experience – and using Aston Martin’s world-leading flair for design and engineering ingenuity – the 800-plus bhp, all-carbon fibre Aston Martin Vulcan promises truly extreme performance.
The Vulcan features a bespoke Carbon Fibre steering wheel that was designed and produced as a collaboration between Aston Martin and bf1systems, with input from Darren Turner.
On the wheel, all key functions are grouped in a logical manner. These functions include; Starter Button, Neutral, Pit Lane limiter, Indicator, Flash-to-pass, Adjustable ABS, Traction control and Wipers.
The gear shift paddles are on the back of the wheel rather than steering column, so that they turn with the wheel and are therefore always placed at the driver’s fingertips to ensure they can change gear at any time.
The steering wheel is produced by bf1systems in their ISO9001 and AS9100 accredited composites facility which also produces composite components for the motorsport, automotive and aerospace markets.
In addition to the steering wheel, bf1systems products feature elsewhere on the Vulcan, with the bf1systems motorsport TPMS being fitted onto the car to ensure that the driver has live data on their tyre pressures and temperatures, which are displayed on the Vulcan’s colour display unit.
The TPMS on the Vulcan is the auto learning system used by many GT3 race teams, including Aston Martin Racing. The system allows any wheel to be fitted onto any corner of the car, and the system automatically detects the sensor and starts monitoring it. This removes the need for engineers to manually assign wheel sensors to positions on the car.
When the car is on the track, the wheel sensors transmit at 1Hz, ensuring the driver is able to monitor their tyre pressures with a resolution of 14.7mbar, and to see tyre temperature changes with a resolution of 1°C.
The on-car system is also supported by the hand-held Mini Analyser which allows the engineers to check the status of the tyres before they are fitted to the car, ensuring they are always in their optimum condition.
Additional information on the Vulcan can be found at http://www.astonmartin.com/vulcan/discover