Wharton Automotive Group Acquires PowerTrain Technology

Wharton Automotive Group Acquires PowerTrain Technology | THE SHOPWharton Automotive Group has acquired the small diameter racing clutch and drivetrain component line of PowerTrain Technology (PTT) of Algonquin, Illinois, the company announced.

PTT will be relocating to McLeod Racing’s facility in Anaheim, California, and the products will be available through McLeod Racing and its distribution network, the company said.

PTT offers a line of lightweight racing clutches available in 4.5-inch, 5.5-inch and 7.25-inch diameters in one-, two-, three- or four-disc configurations. All PTT products are designed on the latest CAD system and PTT has in-house capabilities that allow a wide range of clutch and drivetrain system development, the company said.

“PTT is a perfect addition to the McLeod clutch product line,” said Paul Lee, president of Wharton Automotive Group. “We’re all excited about acquiring the technology for the small diameter clutches and driveline components including their world class 7.25-inch assembly. I was very impressed with the quality and high technology built into every PTT product. We plan to continue to grow PTT from what founder Steve Fox and his crew have built.”

PTT’s founder, Steve Fox, will join the McLeod Company as a consultant while continuing to service his hydraulic street release bearing customers under the new company name PTB-USA, the company said.

“I have a very high regard for Paul Lee and what he has accomplished with McLeod,” says Steve Fox, “I look forward to working closely with the McLeod staff to ensure a smooth transition of PTT clutch knowledge and workmanship.”

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