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Published on Saturday, 08 February 2014 Written by Mark Read « Back to news articles

After many months of discussion and design work by Pete Taylor, Rosco and the Aussie Invader team, our air brakes have moved from the drawing board to the construction phase...

One key component in making this all work is our bellcrank levers. The big design issue was to make our bellcranks work so the doors were opened with the hydraulic ram pushing the doors and not pulling them, as valuable power would be lost. The bellcranks were expertly laser cut by Di Candilo Steel City and professionally Tig welded by Brad Stacy here in Perth, Western Australia.

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Our airbrake doors have been shaped out of 16mm aerospace billett aluminium and will be milled both inside and out to match the bodyline contour of our cars outer profile. Our friends at Pedco in Welshpool did a brilliant job rolling these doors to match a template provided by my team, which will marry up to the one piece billet hinges currently under development. Thank you Grant and the great team at Pedco for your fantastic support.

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A big thank you to Brett and his students at Willetton Senior High School who built models to help test different designs. More updates to follow as this key component is constructed.

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