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Mantic Engineering, a division of Clutch
Industries, has won an award in the
Packaging Display category at the 2013
SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The show featured more than 2000 new
products for submission and consideration. A
total of 42 finalists were nominated for an
award, based on criteria that included
superiority of innovation, technical
achievement, quality and workmanship,
consumer appeal and marketability.
Every November since 1967, the Specialty
Equipment Market Association (SEMA), hosts
the trade-only SEMA Show. Bringing together
manufacturers and buyers within the
automotive specialty equipment industry, the
SEMA Show has grown into the world's largest
aftermarket automotive event.
The SEMA Showcase judges recognised the
Australian manufacturer of performance
clutches for the uniqueness and durability of its
Track Series line of packaging -- Mantic 9000,
7000 and 5000 clutch kits.
Each part is recessed inside aluminium road
cases engineered to contain, protect and
transport the goods. The packaging has been
designed with marketing in mind, adding a
unique trademark to its premium product.
"The design of the premium packaging is
consistent with the high performance product,"
Mantic Sales Manager, Chris Astbury, said.
"After the technical details, I normally get
asked 'Do you get to keep the case?' This
outstanding packaging really does create a lot of
talk within car enthusiasts."
For more information on Mantic Engineering,
visit www.mantic.com.au or email
V8 SUPERCARS TITLE
In a successful event for the SACHS
brand, Red Bull Racing Australia
claimed its fourth straight V8 Supercars
Teams' championship. The outfit's VF
Holden Commodores were fitted with a
SACHS carbon racing clutch, and
SACHS Formula Matrix dampers.
Coming into the title-deciding
weekend, four drivers could claim the
crown, which was eventually decided in
the final race between Whincup and
teammate Craig Lowndes. The final
points margin was 129 in favour of
Throughout the year, the duo proved
to be the pacesetters in the debut
season for the new generation V8
Supercar chassis package, with the pair
racking up an impressive 16 race
victories and 36 podium finishes.
The championship was also a
breakthrough for SACHS, with all
competing teams supplied with the brand's dampers during the year.
The on-track growth for the brand was also backed up by successfully partnering with
Lowndes, who at the start of the season was announced as the new SACHS brand
For Whincup, the championship victory was his fifth in six seasons, with all of his V8
Supercar success achieved using SACHS products.
"Number five - I can't believe it. It's a massive deal. We dedicate our lives to sport and
this is what for," Whincup said.
"It's just a huge team effort. It's been a tough year with this new car. And a big thanks
goes to Lowndesy. It's just as much his as it is mine. We worked really hard together on
these cars and to get the one-two, it couldn't be any better."
Victories for Lowndes were backed up by consistency over the course of the championship,
with the number 888 Commodore the only car to finish all 36 races throughout the season.
"We've obviously had a great season debuting the new generation car; I can't wait to go
again in 2014," Lowndes said.
The local Australian success for SACHS and its parent company ZF was replicated on the
global stage, with triumphs in many elite motorsport categories.
In Formula One, Ferrari, Lotus Renault, Sauber and Toro Rosso all utilised components
from ZF to achieve three race victories, and 24 podium finishes.
The company returned to top-flight World Rally Championship competition with a bang,
winning the constructors title with motorsport partner Volkswagen, while Sebastien Ogier
wrapped up the driver's crown in his Polo R WRC.
In the World Endurance Championship, ZF dominated the season with technical partners
Audi and Toyota, taking the drivers and constructors titles, while also claiming the 24 Hours
of Le Mans with Audi.
ZF Race Engineering components are also found in all cars competing in the DTM,
Japanese Super GT, the nine different Porsche Carrera Cups run worldwide and the VW
Components were also supplied to teams racing in the World Touring Car Championship,
Formula Three, as well as various other sports car, open wheel and off road categories.
Locally, all SACHS and ZF produced road car components are available through ZF
SACHS has claimed its sixth straight V8 Supercars driver's title,
with Jamie Whincup wrapping up the 2013 championship on the
streets of Sydney Olympic Park.
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