Quality. Speed. Precision...at least that's why famed race team Dreyer & Reinbold Racing chose Hurco when they decided to take control of their machining.
Indy Race Team chooses Hurco
In addition to pit stops and the actual racing, there are millions of things that happen before the driver even gets in the car that can make a race team more competitive. As Dreyer & Reinbold Racing geared up for the 2011 season, they looked to their machining and fabrication shop for a competitive edge. The Hurco 5-axis VMX42SR and mill-turn TMX8MYS were installed at their 35,000 square foot facility in Indianapolis in March of 2011.
“The number one reason we went with Hurco is because they make the premier machines with the best control technology in the industry. The first part the guys machined on the Hurco VMX42SR was a rear rocker, which is a proprietary part we developed to help the cars rotate the corners faster without putting in more steering. Everybody in racing uses the same engine, and the same chassis.You have to find your competitive edge wherever you can,” says Larry Curry, Director of Competition for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (DRR).
DRR introduced the rear rocker at the Indy 500, where the team successfully qualified all four cars. “Before we had the Hurco, we would have had to farm out a part like this or make it on the manual machines. In motorsports, the more stuff you control, the better off you are. If you want to
get in the game, you do it yourself and keep it in-house instead of counting on someone else to make your parts. And if we would have used the manual machines to make this part, it would have taken an entire day. On the Hurco 5-axis, it takes 30 minutes,” says Curry.
Another important consideration when deciding on a CNC machine, was the control, more precisely, how difficult the control would be to learn. “Our machinists have some CNC experience, but they’ve been working on manual machines and they haven’t used a 5-axis machine. But the Hurco control was easy for them to learn. They had a week of training on the mill and a week on the lathe with live tooling, and they were good to go. They programmed the rear rocker part in conversational at the control,” says Curry.
As the conversation turns to racing and the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 in particular, Curry speculates how running a machine shop and a race team are similar.
“Our businesses mirror each other in so many ways. A tenth of a second is everything in racing. We are continually reviewing what we do and how we can do it more efficiently. We have to make sure we do it right the first time. We even have a media room where we watch video of our pit stops and analyze each movement to see where we can find time.” To stay competitive, you need speed, accuracy, and quality, whether you’re racing in the Indy 500 or running a job shop. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s machine shop relies on Hurco to achieve all three.