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Atlas Copco Compressors Primary Sponsor of the No. 70 Haas Automation Car at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

2008-07-14

"Rolling Road” wind tunnel partnership key to growing relationship.

Atlas Copco USA - Nascar 2008
Atlas Copco Compressors LLC will sponsor the No. 70 Haas Automation Sprint Cup Series car for the second consecutive year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 29.

We excited about our continuing partnership with Haas CNC Racing,” said Jim Bruce, Atlas Copco’s eastern regional vice president. “Our two organizations share a passion for innovation and a commitment to developing technology that will improve everyday lives.” 

Crucial to this racing partnership is Atlas Copco's global experience with wind tunnel and leading edgetechnologies, as well as local engineering support provided through Atlas Copco Compressors, whose North American headquarters is located in Rock Hill, S.C.

The partnership between Atlas Copco and Haas CNC Racing extends off the track through the recent construction of a state-of-the-art, $40 million wind tunnel in Concord, N.C., adjacent to Concord Regional Airport in Cabarrus County. The wind tunnel is the only one of its kind available for rent by racing teams and manufacturers.

“Being close to the airport is very convenient for racing teams coming here from other parts of the United States and around the world” said Gene Haas, owner of Haas CNC Racing. “The ability to transport vehicles by plane and access the wind tunnel without having to move off site is a tremendous added feature, over and above the uniqueness of the wind tunnel itself.”

The wind tunnel features a single belt rolling road system, the first of its kind in North America. A continuous steel belt running under the vehicle simulates the road beneath a race car. It is the most accurate and aerodynamic road simulation possible in the industry today and it offers repeatability that is critical to gathering valid, usable data.

Data gathered in the controlled conditions of a wind tunnel can be applied by racing teams to improve the aerodynamics of racecars.  

 “With fierce competition in the Sprint Cup Series, drivers and teams look for every possible advantage” said Johnny Sauter, who drives for Haas CNC Racing. “Our relationship with Atlas Copco give us the ability to test and refine design concepts in the wind tunnel so they’re already at a high state of development the first time they see a speedway.” 

Atlas Copco is a world leading provider of industrial productivity solutions. The products and services range from compressed air and gas equipment, generators, construction and mining equipment, industrial tools and assembly systems, to related aftermarket and rental. In close cooperation with customers and business partners, and with 135 years of experience, Atlas Copco innovates for superior productivity. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, the Group’s global reach spans more than 160 markets. In 2007, Atlas Copco had 33,000 employees and revenues of BSEK 63 (BUSD 10.3). Learn more at www.atlascopco.com.

Atlas Copco’s Compressor Technique business area develops, manufactures, markets, and services oil-free and oil-injected stationary air compressors, portable air compressors, gas and process compressors, turbo expanders, electric power generators, air treatment equipment and air management systems. It also offers specialty rental services. It innovates for superior productivity in applications such as manufacturing, construction, and the process industry worldwide. Principal product development and main manufacturing units are in Antwerp, Belgium. More information is available on www.atlascopco.com.