PRI 2019: AP Racing Releases Lightweight Dual Band Clutches

Looking like something from a high-budget sci-fi movie set, AP Racing‘s new Dual Band clutches are a feast for the eyes. In addition to looking very Buck Rogers, they bring a slew of performance modifications that will make any serious racer salivate.

Benefiting from the same Radi-Cal design philosophy and software used with its successful caliper range, these stunning “DB” clutches and their concentric dual-banded covers move clutch design into a totally new realm.

Since reducing the rotating mass is critical in a clutch, the primary aim with AP Racing’s Dual Band clutch is to pull as much weight out of the housing. Even the springs are carefully cut to trim heft.

Lightweight, easy to operate, and durable, this is an ideal design for road racers and rally racers alike.

There are other benefits to the radical design. Because of the strategic selection of areas to remove weight, the “DB” offers increased cover stiffness, when compared to more conventional cover designs. Additionally, with these apertures present, clutch cooling is significantly improved.

All AP Racing‘s dual-banded clutches feature the ‘I’ Drive system, which combats clutch drag — something which sintered clutches are susceptible to when operating under arduous conditions. Conventional clutch designs typically feature external ‘jaws’ around the outside diameter of the steel intermediate and main pressure plates, which can distort and trap the legs of the aluminum cover, thereby causing clutch drag.

Not here. Improved cooling, great usability, ease of operation, and reduced weight are desirable qualities in the eyes of a dedicated driver. What’s not to like? If you are interested in more information, check out AP Racing’s website, HERE.

About the author

Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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