Two motorsports exhaust fabricators, Good Fabrications, known as GoodFabs, and Howerton Race Products, have joined forces to create GFH Insulation, a joint venture to produce exhaust insulation for race teams, engine builders and supercar constructors, the companies announced.
Based in the UK’s ‘Motorsport Valley’ GoodFabs has supplied F1 teams and engine builders with exhaust systems for 30 years while Indianapolis-based Howerton’s has been supplying IndyCar and NASCAR since their formation in the late 70s, the companies said.
Utilizing the skills and experience gained by GoodFabs in their cladding work across a range of sectors, Howerton employees have undergone training to produce heat shielding systems, the company said. With the training and equipment in place, GFH Insulation products and services will be provided from the Howerton’s site in Gasoline Alley.
“The JV brings together two of the most widely-known and respected fabrication companies in the world to offer a product within the US market which historically has only been available from one or two companies,” said GoodFabs MD Neil Morgan. “The knowledge we have shared with Howerton’s enables them to produce insulation which will provide protection for components and bodywork in close proximity to areas such as the manifold, turbo, secondaries and tailpipe while also retaining the heat in the system to help the gases exit faster and improve performance. Not only that, the manufacturing processes we employ ensure the systems offer greater durability than those of our competitors while also being more aesthetically pleasing.”
“We are delighted to be extending our service proposition to include cladding for existing and new companies both inside and outside of the IndyCar and NASCAR series,” said Jeff Howerton, president Howerton Race Products. “Significant investment has been made in the purchase of new equipment for this venture within our shop providing us with the ability to build on the great work GoodFabs has done previously here in the US but without the costs involved in shipping parts to and from the UK. We believe this provides our customers with a real opportunity to benefit from superior quality heat shielding systems produced in the US and using materials sourced from the US.”