Titanium Metal in the Racing Industry
Titanium has gained quite a bit of momentum in the racing industry – be it a Top Fuel Dragster or Go-Karts. But why the rising popularity? What makes titanium a good choice for this industry and what is it even used for? The answer to this pretty much stems from the same idea (or, fact, rather)- Titanium is high in strength, low in weight.
Titanium can be used in many areas, for many different parts in racing vessels. Because the low weight of titanium can create an advantage due to lowering the overall weight of the vehicle and therefore fuel consumption, teams are often looking for any and all areas where they can swap out their heavier materials for titanium.
Titanium can make cars lightweight, without sacrificing strength, safety, or performance. The fact that it is rust and corrosion resistant is just another huge plus.
Here are some common areas you might find titanium in racing:
- Connecting rods
- Engine Valves
- Safety/Roll Cages/ Roll Bar
- Fasteners – Nuts and Bolts
- Wheelie Bar
- Bell Housings
- Exhaust tubing
- & More
Of course, there are some limitations to the application of titanium in this industry. Additionally, the high cost of titanium may be the biggest hindrance for some teams to use titanium at all, and for other teams to take full advantage of it. Luckily, we do see some difference in price based on the origin and manufacturers of titanium. Don’t hesitate to ask about your options when inquiring about potentially purchasing some titanium to try in your race car.
TMS Titanium can be found throughout the racing industry, including the NHRA, IHRA, NASCAR, and more. We even work with some of the team from Discovery Channel’s Street Outlaws. We have built strong relationships with many race teams, race series, and even independent builders and drivers from all different kinds of racing and each year we continue to grow these relationships and learn more about how we can incorporate titanium in so many different areas of the industry.