01 March 2013
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Practical tapes even fix racing cars

The multi Trophy-winning Hangar 111's race team uses tesa 4651 Premium acrylic paste coated cloth tape in both cosmetic and practical applications on its way to the chequered flag.

The team is a sports car specialist, competing in the Lotus Elise Trophy and Lotus Cup UK series with two production class Lotus Elise race cars.

As Greg Lock, managing director says "[The tape] is exactly what we need, and we've always struggled if we've used anything less. It's got great adhesion and even when we've used it on the exterior of the cars, it's given us a full season's use throughout all weathers and conditions".

Tesa 4651 tape in black has been used extensively on the interior of the cars, completing the very low glare matt black finish which is important in the drivers peripheral vision when concentration is paramount. The raw edges of the bulkheads between the passenger compartment and the engine bay are sealed with the tape as are important details such as wiring wraps and the retained wiring in the driver's footwell.

Bonding to the carbon fibre race seats is notoriously difficult but the same tesa tape was highly effective in attaching foam pads which give the driver a more comfortable ride. It was also noticeable that when the tape was removed, clean down was very quick and easy.

The product also showed its versatility across a range of temporary and semi-permanent repairs, including quick fixes for coolant hoses and some bodywork repairs using the white version to deal with damage caused by a straying competitor.

Author
Paul Gay

Related Companies

Hangar 1 Ltd

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