PRLog - Oct. 23, 2009 - WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Elkhart Lake, WI – Road America recently installed a new platform scale for the 2009 SCCA National Championship Runoffs. The scale ramps originally intended for use with the scale were too heavy to be easily transported so Road America asked Brute Industries to come up with a lightweight and economical Custom Scale Ramp solution.
Race Ramps Custom Scale Ramps
“Creating ramp solutions for low ground clearance vehicles is our specialty”, said Richard Heinz, Race Ramps founder, “We determined that at the extreme, an SCCA racecar has a seven to eight foot long wheelbase, and has one inch of ground clearance. Therefore, we would have to design ramps with a very gradual angle of approach to ensure the air dam of the racecars didn’t scrape as the vehicles mounted the ramps, and that they didn’t bottom out at the fulcrum between the top of the ramps and the scale platform. We concluded the ramps needed to provide a 1.8 degree angle of approach, and therefore would need to be 96 inches long. The design was then produced using Race Ramps Super Lightweight 100% Solid Construction, and textured coating. The construction makes the ramps incredibly lightweight, strong and durable. Custom Scale Ramps are just one example of how we work with race venues to create ramp solutions that meet particular needs”, concludes Heinz.
“We are very happy with the ramps”, says Greg Wieser, Track Manager, “They weight only 30 pounds each - not bad for a ramp 24” wide and 96” long. This makes it easy to get them where we need them. They are easy to clean and stow away, and don’t rust. Also, the ramps were 1/4 of the cost of the scale ramps we were originally looking at. We were well prepared for the large number of racecars that came across the scales at the SCCA Runoffs event”.
About Road America
Established in 1955, Road America is located midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. It offers 640 grassy, rolling acres, which include the 4.048 mile road course and the .94 mile paved and dirt supermoto/karting track. In addition to entertaining thousands of yearly race fans, the track offers the Road America Motorcycle School, driving schools, group adventure programs and more. For more information, visit www.roadamerica.com or call 800/365-7223.
About Brute Industries Incorporated
In 2004 Brute Industries began manufacturing Race Ramps, a product line that provides unique solutions to gain access to the underside of low ground clearance vehicles. The company uses their patented Super Lightweight 100% Solid Block Construction technology to produce Race Ramps, as well as other products including vehicle exhibit ramps, and “rocks” on which vehicles can be displayed. Brute Industries continues to grow as a customer driven company - finding unique solutions to customer problems. For more information visit www.raceramps.com or call 866-464-2788.
About the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA)
Since 1944, the SCCA has championed one mission: To bring motorsports to the masses of American men and women who are passionate about automobiles, speed and competition. From National Championships to regional events, whether professional or amateur, the SCCA exists to organize, support and develop auto racing at every level. Whether autocrossing, rallying or road racing as a professional or as a weekend warrior, the SCCA helps fuel the racer’s passion. For more information visit www.scca.com or call 800-770-2055.
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