At ATRA’s Powertrain EXPO in Las Vegas, Nev., Raybestos Powertrain announced the latest expansion of the company’s Hybrid Technology (HT) friction clutch plates. With this newest phase in development, HT friction clutch plates are now available for more than 37 million U.S. vehicles currently in use. (Source: Vehicles In Operation/IHS)
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“The Raybestos HT friction clutch plate is now available for more than 20% of the automatic transmission cars on U.S. roads today,” said Reinhard Brinkmeier, vice president of sales and marketing for Raybestos Powertrain. “We’re excited to offer this unique, hybrid technology to even more domestic and import vehicles. We created HT with every rebuild in mind – not just a few limited applications.”
The patented Raybestos HT design integrates a unique groove pattern and a proprietary blend of premium, high-energy friction material to create a new generation of friction clutches that seamlessly combine the fluid dynamics of segmented friction lining with the strength and durability of a full friction ring.
Brinkmeier noted that, as the average age of American vehicles continues to increase, the HT’s advanced technology becomes critically important to transmission rebuilders. “It is our job to provide excellent performance and extend the life of the rebuild – which is exactly what the Raybestos HT friction clutch plate is designed
Rigorous testing to SAE standards, supported by extensive field testing, proves that Raybestos HT friction clutch plates can reduce stresses during shifts. Improved oil flow keeps the components cooler, extending the life of the clutches and helping the rebuild last longer than ever before.
Performance-enhancing features of the Raybestos HT friction clutch include:
· Resistance to extreme heat caused by high-energy loading;
· Fast, smooth engagements and stable performance, even with high-
· Higher torque capacity than conventional high-energy materials;
· Low material compression – a critical factor in maintaining piston travel;
· Excellent distribution of pressure evenly through the clutch;
· Tight production tolerances for fast, hassle-free installation; and
· Longer clutch and transmission life after rebuild.
Raybestos Powertrain HT friction clutch plates are offered separately or as part of a clutch pack module.
To learn more about the Raybestos HT friction clutch plate, visit the company online at www.raybestospowertrain.com, or call (800) 729-7763.
Raybestos Powertrain is a leading, national manufacturer and supplier of premium OE and aftermarket transmission parts, providing innovative solutions to domestic and international customers. Located in Sullivan, Crawfordsville and Tipton, Ind., Raybestos Powertrain is proud to supply made-in-the-USA parts to the transmission industry.