While it is doubtful that fast cars will ever go out of fashion, the noise they traditionally generate is fast becoming passe with today’s environmentally conscious driver.
Much has already been achieved by manufacturers and suppliers in reducing engine noise but a quieter engine may only appear to amplify the noise of other vehicle parts.
With this in mind, component suppliers are making greater efforts to reduce the noise and vibration of the parts or systems they provide.
Brake and fuel line specialist Bundy has developed a brake hose, for use in ABS systems, which has considerable noise reduction properties.
The PTFE hose, which is reinforced with stainless steel braiding, forms part of the fluid-carrying system which connects the master cylinder with the hydraulic control unit of the ABS system. This flexible tube not only allows for easier and quicker connection of the fluid system in what is a very tight space, but absorbs the vibration which would normally travel down a traditional rigid tube. In addition, because the tube is flexible, noise can be further damped by mounting the ABS unit on soft pads.
Bundy claims the hose cuts down time and effort on the assembly line, which should make for a cheaper and quieter drive for the motorist.