Crawford Composites launches carbon fiber paddleshift system

News Item From: CompositesWorld

Posted on: 2/24/2014

Auto racing and composites specialist Crawford Composites has launched the Crawford Composites PaddleShift System for sequential gearboxes.

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Crawford Composites LLC (Denver, N.C., USA), a designer and manufacturer of composites for the U.S. racing industry, announced on Feb. 12 the launch of the Crawford Composites PaddleShift System (CCPS), a fully configurable pneumatic sequential paddle-shift system. Designed for various sequential gearboxes, the system can be tailored to the customers’ specifications.

“The CCPS is a combination of our composite experience and motorsport prowess, and we are thrilled with the results. Our decision to involve drivers and end-users in the engineering process has produced a very clever, yet user-friendly system,” says Max Crawford, founder and president of Crawford Composites.

Sports car racing legend and renowned driver Elliot Forbes-Robinson worked closely with Crawford on the development of the PaddleShift system. “The CCPS shifts so seamlessly that you can make a late down change on a corner without upsetting the car, and shifting is so much faster than with a sequential gearbox with a traditional flat shift,” he states. “Crawford’s commitment to their customer is outstanding and goes way beyond production of this innovative system. Their team will manage all facets of the installation, including trackside setup and testing.”

Crawford Composites collaborated with GEMS Ltd. to provide a closed loop controller that is packaged in a compact and lightweight carbon fiber composite unit. This gearbox control unit features a high-speed processor, configurable analogue and digital inputs, CAN communications onboard logging, ratio learning and over-rev protection. Created with the ability to mesh with a wide range of components, the system is tailored to each installation. Actuator mounts, AN lines, CAN templates for ECU and data logger, and custom wiring using AS connectors are all produced in-house. Customers are invited to bring their vehicle to the company’s facility for installation, which includes track testing with engineering support.


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