Metal 3D printer manufacturer Additive Industries, Technology Partner of the Sauber F1 Team, had a special branding on the side of the Sauber C36-Ferrari monocoque for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. The company’s branding will continue to be present in the lower part of the car (albeit smaller) for upcoming Monza Grand Prix and future races as per the three year Technology Partnership signed with the Sauber F1 Team.
Additive Industries is a Netherlands based company which specialises in industrial metal additive manufacturing. The partnership with the Sauber F1 Team underlines the ambition of Additive Industries to become a leading 3D metal printing system manufacturer in demanding markets like aerospace, automotive, medical and high tech equipment.
Sauber has been the launch pad for champions for decades; Michael Schumacher, Kimi Räikkönen, Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel all started their careers at this unique private Swiss team. The professionalism of the Sauber F1 Team as well as their drive for technological innovation is in line with Additive Industries’ ongoing quest for industrial excellence.
After the historic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in the hills of the Belgian Ardennes, at more than 7 km per lap, the longest on the F1 calendar, Marcus Ericsson (car number 9) and Pascal Wehrlein (car number 94) are readying for the Monza track, the fastest in the circuit, as the Italian Grand Prix will round off the European races, following which the team will head out to Asia for the next set of races.
“Monza […] is one of the most historic races on the calendar, and always a pleasure to come back and meet the enthusiastic Italian fans there. Since Monza is a low-downforce track, it will be essential for us to find the highest possible top-speed in the straights,” said Ericsson. “Monza […] is one of the most traditional tracks on the calendar. I can’t wait to start racing again.” added Wehrlein.
The Autodromo di Monza is known for the impressive speeds the cars reach on the straights, which are the highest of the season. Besides a high straight-line speed, the track also features challenging corners of every kind, from low-speed chicanes to flowing bends. When it comes to the set-up of the car, the objective is to find a compromise between the lowest possible downforce level and maximum mechanical grip, with an accent on braking, traction and kerb riding.