UNASIS Hybrid & Ceramic Bearings help Team Spitphya win Red Bull Soapbox Derby.
Red Bull Soapbox Race is an international event in which amateur drivers race homemade soapbox vehicles. Each hand-made machine is fueled by nothing but sheer courage and the force of gravity. This unique, non-motorised racing event challenges both experienced racers and amateurs alike to design and build outrageous soapbox dream machines and compete against the clock in a downhill race.
Red Bull has held more than forty soapbox races around the world since the first one in Brussels in the year 2000 – from Australia to South Africa, Helsinki to St. Louis, Jamaica to Italy. Over the years, vehicles have ranged from realistic replicas to anything the imagination can conjure up. Previous designs have included a piano, a giant baby carriage, a rodeo clown, a massive corn on the cob, a jail cell and the Golden Gate Bridge. Teams are Judged on 3 categories: Speed, Creativity and Showmanship
Carter Manufacturing worked closely with Team Spitphya in the selection of Hybrid and Ceramic ball bearings to provide a set of free running bearings which would reduce friction and drag whilst hurtling down the hill. The bearings needed to withstand a combination of forces including shock loading from the obstacles put in the path of the drivers like ramps etc.
UNASIS Hybrid and Ceramic Bearings are used globally in a variety of applications including Surgical Equipment and Instrumentation, Nuclear Applications, Semiconductor Industry, Optical Devices, Aerospace and Motorsports.
Congrats to the Team on their win! We look forward to sponsoring you again on your next outing.
Author: Martin Wakelin, Carter Manufacturing Limited