Sunday, January 24, 2016

Xtrac reveals new director and investments 

Xtrac, the exclusive supplier of gearboxes to INDYCAR, announced the appointment of Adrian Moore as the Managing Director and the investment of more than $3 million in new equipment. The new machines, two, five-axis mills and a Klingelnberg bevel grinding machine purchased by Xtrac will increase capacity and bolster supply chain security. 

Adrian Moore
photo courtesy of Xtrac

Moore served as Xtrac’s Chief Engineer from 1999 to 2001, and as the company’s Technical Director since 2001, and guided Xtrac as the company gained a worldwide reputation for drivetrain design and manufacturing capabilities.  Adrian will now manage the day-to-day running of this advanced engineering business, which unveiled its 100th P1011 gearbox at the 2015 PRI (Performance Racing Industry) show in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Xtrac, founded in 1984, entered the Indianapolis-type car marketplace in 1989, and Xtrac gearbox components won their first Indianapolis ‘500’ in 1991 riding with Rick Mears in his Penske PC-20 Illmor Chevrolet, who won from the pole position and became the third four-time winner of the historic race.  

Xtrac followed up with wins with Al Unser Junior’s Galmer G92-Chevrolet in 1992 and Jacques Villeneuve’s amazing come-from-behind win at the controls of the Team Green Ford XB-powered Reynard in 1995. When the checkered flag falls on the 100th Indianapolis 500 on May 29.2016, Xtrac will record its 23rd Indianapolis ‘500’ win, and sixteenth consecutive ‘500’ victory.  

The 100th Xtrac P1011 gearbox displayed at PRI 2015
photo by the author

Xtrac was the exclusive gearbox supplier to the Indy Racing League (IRL) from 2000 through 2010 with its type 195 and 295 gearboxes, then with INDYCAR as the exclusive supplier to the present day with the P1011 gearbox.  Xtrac opened its 9000 square foot Indianapolis facility at 1685 West 80th Street in 2002, and began building gearboxes in Indianapolis in 2009.

Information for this article provided by PRI and Xtrac

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