Motorsport

Tribology plays a crucial role in driving performance in racing cars.

Positively impacting the friction, wear, and lubrication between the moving parts can deliver crucial gains in performance, influencing various aspects of the vehicle’s speed, efficiency, reliability, and safety.

Find new levels of race performance.

In motorsport, the engine will be operating at considerable higher speeds and temperatures than conventional passenger car engines.  

Tribology helps us understand the film thicknesses of all the components in the engine during a race, and how changing the oil can affect the engines’ performance – the properties of these fluids being evaluated and optimised in the Tribology lab. 

This information is then used to formulate the most appropriate fluids with an optimised viscosity profile and suitable chemical additives.  

The Ingram-Roots Method

To help our engineering customers more effectively evaluate lubricants’ properties, we challenged ourselves to create a simple way of presenting information about a lubricant’s performance in an easily comparable way.

The Ingram-Roots Method is a sophisticated tool that’s been shown to be repeatable and reproduceable for a given selection of oils. It uses an MTM test to rate performance using Stribeck Curves, with the results being simply expressed as ratings – helping people who are less experienced in tribology to quickly assess their formulations.

Find out more about Ingram-Roots

“Ingram has been very flexible and helpful to adapt the analysis proceedure according to our research question.”

Fabrizio Steinebrunner, Igralub AG für Schmiertechnik

Tribological Thinking

Find out about our latest thinking, research, news and more.

  • Gear Micropitting Screening Test

    Gear Micropitting Screening Test

    Micropitting is a type of fatigue wear commonly found on gear teeth. The gradual loss of material in the form of small surface pits leads to a change in the geometry of the component; if this is not controlled, it can result in failure of the part. The standardised method of evaluating a lubricants ability…

  • Merry Christmas from all of us at Ingram Tribology

    Merry Christmas from all of us at Ingram Tribology

    Our Christmas card this year depicts the scene of Santa enjoying the drinks left out for him near the fireplace.  Santa is trying both port and hot chocolate and notices a distinct difference in the mouthfeel between the two.  The port has a drier, thinner feel.  Whilst the hot chocolate impacts a smoother, creamier feeling. …

  • Check out our first Tribo Gatherings Podcast

    Check out our first Tribo Gatherings Podcast

    We have started a Podcast! Our first guest is Dr. Connor Myant from Imperial College. We discuss biotribology, as related to the testing of food and hip joint failures. We discuss the advances in 3D printing and how Connor moved from Tribology into 3D printing. We discuss all Connors current projects and thoughts for the…

  • We’re hiring

    We’re hiring

    We are recruiting an Engineer to join our team at Ingram Tribology. The deadline for applications is 4th September 2023.

  • Preparing for the summer conferences 2023

    Preparing for the summer conferences 2023

    We have been busy preparing for the conferences this summer.   By drafting some of our micropitting work for publication.  This will be presented at STLE, Lubmat and TriboUK. We have been busy working on a rapid micropitting test that correlates to the FZG micropitting test.  Our new test takes less than 40 hours and correlates…

  • Maintaining safe and quiet railways
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    Maintaining safe and quiet railways

    We are currently working on an exciting project with the Railway Standards Safety Board (RSSB) and the European Lubricating Grease Institute (ELGI), to develop a new performance test for Top of rail (TOR) materials.  These TOR materials are used to ensure traction and reduce noise at the wheel/rail interface.  This allows trains to start without…

  • It’s Xmas Penguin Time

    It’s Xmas Penguin Time

    This year the animals at the South Pole have been having fun demonstrating the different shapes of contacting bodies.

  • Stribeck Curves

    Stribeck Curves

    A Stribeck Curve (sometimes also called a Stribeck Friction Curve) is a common name used to described friction vs entrainment speed results, measured on a tribometer.  These are very useful as they give a good overview of the frictional performance of a lubricant. The Stribeck Curve is named after the German engineer Richard Stribeck, who…

  • Covid Response 2020

    Covid Response 2020

    At the beginning of the first COVID lockdown in the UK – March 2020, we like many other people didn’t know what effect the lockdown would have on our business.  But we did know and feel like we needed to help our local community.  This included the manufacture of protective face visors, using our 3D…