Ginetta Cars upgrade dynamometer rig with Variohm EGT sensors

20-07-2015 | Variohm | Design Applications

Variohm has worked with Ginetta Cars for a number of years, supplying
sensors to monitor pressure and temperature for a variety of applications on
engine development projects as well as being fully utilised as part of
engine control unit and data logging systems for race cars that are produced
at the company's Leeds factory.

Ginetta has recently embarked on a new project to convert a Schenck 750 kW
water brake dynamometer which will be fully utilised in a development
project for a new Nissan V8 engine which now powers its G55 GT3 - a latest
evolution endurance racing car that has enjoyed fantastic success across
national and international single-make race competitions. The ex-Formula 1
dynamometer will be fully overhauled, with many of its component parts being
upgraded to ensure it’s up to the job for endurance testing the GT3 engine.

An important part of the upgrade and already used across the GT3 engine
production programme will include fitting EGT series exhaust gas pressure
sensors which are supplied by Variohm through its exclusive UK, Ireland and
European distribution and support service for the leading USA thermal
measurement specialist, Zip Sensors, Inc. These premium quality Type K
sensors have a very high reliability and durability reputation across a
broad range of exhaust gas monitoring applications with variants for diesel,
petrol, methanol and nitro exhausts with special models for bikes and

The range is aimed at serious enthusiast and professional race teams alike
and includes the entry level Sportsmen's Series with exposed tip sensing in
stainless steel and Teflon® insulated conductors, and the Pro Series
featuring grounded enclosed tip sensing in Inconel® stainless steel with
optional ceramic fibre insulation with stainless protective braid.

In addition to the Zip Sensor range, Variohm supplies its own manufactured
brand EPT3100 series pressure sensors to Ginetta to monitor oil, fuel and
water pressure across all of its G50 series race cars. Variohm EuroSensor
works closely with customers across motorsports including Formula 1, A1GP,
WTCC, GP2, Champ, NASCAR, ALMS, Superbike, and many others. The complete
range includes pressure and temperature sensor solutions for fuel, oil,
coolant and brakes as well as force, torque and position measurement sensors
for suspension travel, throttle and gearbox. Laser and infrared technologies
are also supplied for ride height position and tyre condition.

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