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Recycled steel is such a drag

The durability of recycled steel is being illustrated in a move that could eventually see the resource used in Formula One, Nascar and everyday road vehicles.

Swedish company Karling Racing Engines has designed the material into its drag bike which is the worlds quickest super-charged Harley Davidson. And if recycled steel can survive in the high octane, collision-strewn world of drag racing, it should stand up to almost any challenge.

Karling (right) and Uddeholm divisional director Len Maskell proudly parade the bike

This is the view of Karling Racing Engines director Anders Karling, who rides the bike throughout Germany, the UK and Scandinavia as part of the European Championship and is currently the continent's second-rated driver in his class.

He said: "Recycled material can be used for the most loaded parts of the bike such as the cylinder and crank shafts, those that deliver all the horse power. Steel has a long lifetime and low level of friction which is good for drag bikes."

While the company has sounded out Formula One and Nascar, Karling believes development and innovation in these fields will continue to have implications for every day vehicles including the incorporation of recycled steel into designs.

"Through testing racing cars and bikes, new components that may be smaller, lighter or more efficient are constantly being developed. These tests are conducted at the extreme level and in a short time.

"While work on motorcars can take a long time, knowledge can be taken from such tests. The use of recycled steel in these designs is good for the environment and it performs as good as new steel."

Karling's Harley Davidson includes metal supplied from Uddeholm, with the company using the bike as an illustration of the durability of its steel.

Uddeholm divisional director Len Maskell said: "Until recently, the company didn't know a great deal about recycling, but now we realise it is a big thing to educate engineers and tell them of the importance of making the right choices. Our material is sourced from various places including cars, cycles, alloys and wheels."

The company is now moving further into the recycling market with its material being developed into designs for blades that are used to process waste streams such as tyres, fridges and wood.

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