BTB January 2012 Newsletter
Autosport International Show
Now Christmas is over and the ever shorter off season is fading fast, BTB are looking forward to a busy 2012. The first event will be the traditional season opener that is the Autosport International show. BTB will be returning to the show as exhibitors in the Engineering hall on the 12th and 13th of January, and will be happy to welcome customers old and new at stand number E1049. The choice of stand was somewhat influenced by the numerical similarity to BTB’s own racing number of choice, which was last seen on their famous Lotus Carlton which ran the number 149 when it raced in Nevada over a decade ago. Perhaps the positive omens suggested by this will cancel out the uncomfortable fact of attending an event on the first Friday the 13th of 2012.
BTB on exhibiting cars at the NEC
As usual BTB’s logo is expected to be present on a number of exhibiting cars at the NEC, but none more significant than on a yet to be announced new racing car that will be unveiled at the show. It certainly seems as though confidence is returning to the specialist automotive sector as BTB are currently working on prototype exhausts for several new British sportscar projects, which are due be launched during 2012.
BTB demonstrating their attention to detail
On BTB’s own stand at the show they will be showing examples of their work that will allow visitors the opportunity to see up close the attention to detail present in all their exhausts for race, rally and road cars. Also on show will be a new boost controlled silencer by-pass valve, which has been proven on BTB’s own by-modal exhaust for the Abarth 500, and which has many potential applications for use on any turbocharged road car. Previously such valves have been vacuum actuated, and rely on complex controls using accumulators and solenoids. The boost actuated by-pass system minimises back pressure under acceleration, whilst allowing quiet progress to be made at motorway cruising speeds, a balance which is not always possible with conventional large bore exhaust systems.