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Press Release Source: SKF Auto

Press Release Source: SKF Automotive Division


SKF Develops High Performance Bearings for New Ferrari Vehicles
Wednesday January 19, 10:15 am ET


PLYMOUTH, Mich., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- SKF, a long-standing partner with Ferrari in the development of bearings and seals for both its road and racing vehicles, is producing high performance hub bearing units for the new Ferrari F430 and Superamerica Convertible.
The hub bearing units help improve vehicle handling through increased hub stiffness that supports the high forces produced during cornering for these Ferrari vehicles.

Key features of the all-steel hub bearing units include:

A flanged outer ring for faster assembly and a stiffer knuckle connection providing dynamic handling and steering precision.
A flanged inner ring for faster assembly and a stiffer disc and wheel rim interface.
An active ABS sensor that can sense and adjust with wheel rotation and is particularly effective for the vehicle's electric parking brake.
Thin section bearing rings optimize the package dimensions.
High stiffness and longer bearing life through optimized ball selection.
Enhanced oxidation protection through the use of a special coating on exposed surfaces.
These high performance hub bearing units have been validated and proven to meet Ferrari's stringent performance requirements by SKF through both bench and road testing, including running on Ferrari's own proving grounds.

Since 1947, SKF has joined forces with Formula One's Scuderia Ferrari, creating the longest technical supplier relationship in the sport. The Scuderia Ferrari F1 machines contain over 150 bearings and seals designed and manufactured exclusively by SKF.

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050119/dew021_1.html
 
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