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Oracle team USA chooses TeXtreme Technology to defend its America’s Cup title

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18 Jan 2016

Oracle Team USA will continue its cooperation with TeXtreme as supplier of carbon fiber materials used to produce composite parts for the team’s catamarans. The team is preparing to defend its title in the 35th America’s Cup in 2017, using boats reinforced by TeXtreme technology.

Grant Simmer, General Manager of Oracle Team USA, says, “We are pleased to renew our partnership with TeXtreme. We receive outstanding support working with TeXtreme’s high quality materials, which allows us to build and develop the most advanced race boats. This will give our sailors a distinct competitive advantage in the America’s Cup.”

The Oracle Team USA America’s Cup catamarans are built in New Zealand by Core Builders Composites. Tim Smyth, General Manager of Core Builders commented, “With TeXtreme we achieve benefits from a mechanical standpoint, in terms of strength and stiffness, as well as from a manufacturing perspective. As a result of using the TeXtreme carbon fiber fabrics, we have managed to considerably reduce the lay-up time and realize significant cost savings. At the same time, the materials have made it possible for us to reduce the overall weight of the boats.”

The team is currently training and testing on AC45S boats in Bermuda, and applying that knowledge to the development of their America’s Cup Class yacht to be raced in 2017. A key component in the process has become to precisely optimize the weight and design of the yacht in order to achieve proper foiling. The choice of materials, predominantly carbon fiber composites, have a direct impact on a boat’s performance.

Products reinforced with TeXtreme on average benefit from a 20% overall reduction in weight in comparison to other carbon fiber materials on the market – without sacrificing strength or rigidity. As an alternative to materials such as aluminum or steel, the potential weight savings is even greater.

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