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carbon fibre driveshafts
In message <01BD2AFE.1FD73820@gpowell.acacianet.com> glen powell writes:
> Personally, I found the original claim to be not credible.
> Sounds like an old-wife's tale, IMFO.
I have no way of verifying it.
I _know_ there was no centre differential on the 1995 BTCC A4Q - I spent quite
a long time underneath it (see page 15 of May 1997 UK magazine) studying the
suspension components. Swaybars with aerofoil cross-sections?
I _know_ the 1996 propshaft was around six pounds and of large diameter - along
with around 20 other club members, I've held one and tossed it around on the
workshop day that Audi Sport were so kind as to invite us all to.
On the subject of windup - and especially a whole revolution in something only
four feet long or so - you'll have to take my word that this is what Nigel
Walker of Audi Sport told us. The parts aren't in the photographs (in the
magazine) because Nigel specifically requested us _not_ to take pictures of
any transmission components.
There are lots of concommitant questions; e.g., if it twists that much, how do
they keep it straight? It seemed perfectly stiff to me - but were we just
handling the outer shell? Lots of questions like this were asked (as Helen
Pearce says in her article on the visis) afterwards at lunch. I think we were
all as confused when we left as when we arrived.
Lots of things with carbon fibre reinforcement flex in various ways. They make
fishing rods out of the stuff, for heavens' sake.
Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club