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4 nov 2019 Düssldorf / Germany
As a global leader in adhesives, sealants and functional coatings, Henkel offers a broad portfolio of proven automotive industrial and aftermarket product solutions. BRABUS, the world’s largest independent high-performance tuner, uses a wide range of these products in all areas of engine, body and interior tuning. Beyond common aftermarket requirements, the premium tuning business needs high-performance adhesives and sealants capable of standing up to the more demanding operating conditions of supercar engines and body attachments.
Adhesives and sealants are widely applied in aftermarket maintenance, repair and overhaul. Henkel therefore offers a broad portfolio of high-performance solutions that Brabus even uses for the transformation of top-of-the-range vehicles to “supercars”. Furthermore, BRABUS also specializes in the restoration of stylish classic cars, which requires deep know-how in adequate bonding chemistry to match legacy materials and assembly methods.
“Our tuned engines, sports chassis and aerodynamic body attachments are designed for providing a driving performance that exceeds the capabilities of production vehicles,” says Sven Gramm, Director Communications at BRABUS. “For this reason, the adhesives and sealants we use in the conversion and reassembly of our supercars must meet significantly higher temperatures, pressures, vibrations and wind loads than encountered under normal driving conditions. We have been partnering with Henkel for several years and value their strong commitment to providing us with the right materials and expertise.”
BRABUS is using Henkel materials in four main application areas for both supercar tuning and classic car restoration: engine gasketing, body attachments, glazing, and body work. The consistent choice of Loctite or Teroson products ensures chemical compatibility and minimizes the need for time-consuming trials.
For reliable gasketing and sealing of flanges on tuned or repaired engines, the seal must remain intact and leak-free over a long period of time. This requires gasketing solutions capable of resisting aggressive automotive fluids and gases while at the same time withstanding high operating temperatures and pressures.
Aerodynamic attachments, such as spoilers, are normally bonded to the vehicle body. Apart from high strength to resist the wind load under driving conditions, the bonding material should offer fast curing faultless and adhesion also to painted surfaces.
Windscreens have developed from simple glazing applications to integrated structural parts of the vehicle body. Direct glazing adhesives must therefore meet a wide range of performance requirements – from essential flexibility to absorb vibrations to leakage-proof sealing even on wet and unclean surfaces, from compatibility with traditional rubber-mounted windscreens as a mature technology in classical cars to the structural stiffness required by advanced modern car designs.
In body work, including repair and restoration, it is important that seams and coatings will reproduce the OEM texture finish for both visual aspect and reliable corrosion protection.
“We are very proud of being a preferred supplier of high-performance materials to BRABUS and are continuously working to take our products to even higher levels as the market develops,” summarizes Matthias Biegel from Henkel’s Customer Service. “Our close partnership with the premium tuner makes sure that we understand the customer’s evolving needs and remain their one-stop provider of best-in-class adhesives and sealants.”
BRABUS uses Teroson PU 8630 HMLC a two-component polyurethane adhesive with very good sag resistance, high elastic, shear strength and a long open time of 30 minutes especially in the reassembly of large and heavy structural windscreens.
Aerodynamic spoiler bonded to the car body using Henkel’s one-component moisture-cure Teroson MS 937 primerless elastic adhesive.
Henkel’s handy Loctite 518 pen features a roll-on applicator for ease of gasketing while at the same time minimizing waste and mess.