QA1 introduces carbon fiber driveshafts

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Available for GM and Ford applications, the driveshafts are lighter, stiffer, stronger and safer than aluminum and steel driveshafts, the company claims.

The driveshafts are available in a 3.2 inch diameter with a variety of lengths and slip yoke options to fit the most popular Ford and GM applications. Driveshafts for higher-horsepower vehicles are currently in development and will be available later this year. Because every vehicle is different based on driveline, engine and other upgrades, QA1 also offers custom driveshafts to meet individual specifications. 

‘Being able to control how the carbon fiber is made is critical,’ said Travis Gorsuch, QA1’s director of advanced materials. ’We are able to make our products specifically for each application. Instead of just cutting a premade tube to length, we are able to customize the length, wall thickness and fiber layup of our driveshafts to meet each application’s specific needs.’

Matrix resin

QA1 winds the driveshafts with 3M matrix resin that is exclusive to QA1 driveshafts. 3M matrix resin uses spherical nano scale silica that provides improved abrasion resistance and longevity, higher compressive strength and minimal water absorption for increased torque capacity and longevity. 

The companu utilizes forged yokes that are CNC machined and are specially developed for QA1’s 11 step bonding procedure. The performance driveshafts also feature 1310 conversion U-joints that are high strength alloy and provide durability and high torque capacity for maximum strength.