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OBR to build multi-year legacy for Formula Student

Formula Student contender Oxford Brookes Racing has been mulling over its team performance and has thanked SPAL for its support in the July FSUK competition....

August 11, 2022

UH Racing to maximise Formula Student learning opportunity

It was good to hear from University of Hertfordshire Formula Student team - UH Racing celebrating its 25th year taking part in the build-a-race-car-from-scratch competition with electric vehicle UH25. No stranger to the EV format, UH Racing pioneered the first competing electric Formula Student car back in 2009 and 2010. Alas when it came to the Silverstone event in July 2022, a safety issue with the accumulator prompted a decision not to run the car. Joshua Finch, Lead Suspension Engineer and H...

August 10, 2022

USM celebrates Formula Student firsts

After landing their first event win in 8 years of competing in Formula Student, debuting an electric car, Craig Yeardly, Operations Manager, University of Strathclyde Motorsport (USM) has been in touch to say:“Thank you for making our project possible every year and especially your support throughout our transition to our first electric vehicle!“We achieved some outstanding results in the off-track events which we are incredibly proud of, the highlight being our first event victory in eight ...

August 4, 2022

Improved visitor experience for new SPAL website

We’re delighted to announce the launch of a new website for SPAL Automotive UK. Not that we didn’t like our old one but as a company that strives continually for technological advancement, we felt that an overhaul and restructuring of the existing site was now due.Developed by Digital Doctor, SPAL’s digital partner, providing a good visitor experience was at the fore of the planning process, enabling website users to find information quickly and in as few clicks as possible whilst providin...

July 25, 2022

A day in the life of James Bowett

James has been with SPAL Automotive UK for just under a month, but he has thrown himself into the job of Aftermarket Business Development Manager for Agriculture & Off-Highway with such gusto and determination and some big plans for growing his sector.In telling us about his day, we discovered he is brave enough to begin his day with a helping of current affairs and can only imagine that must require a very strong cuppa indeed!...

June 28, 2022

SPAL completes sector coverage with latest appointment

SPAL UK is pleased to announce a new addition to complete the sales team with the appointment of James Bowett as Business Development Manager for the Agricultural and Off-Highway sector.James brings with him a generational legacy of over 70 years in farming and agriculture; and broad experience having worked with leading agricultural parts suppliers and machinery manufacturers, from forestry and grass cutting products, to golf course and groundcare and small engine manufacturers out in the field...

June 13, 2022

Newport Bus picks SPAL

SPAL is a world leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance fans and blowers which feature on Newport Bus’s new fleet of electric buses. Armed with doughnuts, Patricia Mori BDM, bus & coach sector at SPAL Automotive UK paid a visit to Newport Bus met with Paul Smart, Stores Manager and Joshua Lewis, Stores Administrator to find out more....

May 18, 2022

SPAL Automotive Scholarship Award for ’outstanding’ Harper Adams student

Harper Adams student Mitchell Porter-Keel is this year’s winner of the SPAL Automotive Scholarship, which was presented by Matthew Morris, Managing Director of SPAL Automotive UK in a special ceremony held at the University on 11th May.The fourth year student on Harper Adams’ MEng Automotive Engineering (Off-Highway) course, was deemed by the judges to be outstanding in a field of exceptionally high quality candidates and, according to Matthew, Mitchell brought an impressive ‘real world’...

May 16, 2022

Exciting times ahead as SPAL appoints new head of OEM Sales

SPAL UK is pleased to introduce Pawel Cierniak as OEM Business Development Manager at a time of seismic change for the automotive industry and accordingly an extremely exciting time for us as world leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance fans and blowers....

April 22, 2022

SPAL digs deeper with the CEA

SPAL is strengthening its links with Construction Equipment Association (CEA) as a pathway to promote its range of high-performance thermal management fans and their role in reducing emissions....

April 19, 2022

CoachMarque sets out sector comeback

This week Patricia Mori, Aftermarket Business Development Manager for SPAL UK was at the CPT *CoachMarque Conference ‘the Road Ahead’ (11th April) to hear from experts how the sector can get back on track after Brexit and the pandemic....

April 14, 2022

A day in the life of Ashley Brown

It has taken a while to catch Ashley Brown, Technical Sales Support - SPAL UK, with time to spare and tell us about his day but this week we succeeded and here’s what he had to say....

April 4, 2022

The big questions on the road to zero emissions

According to Einstein’s law of energy conservation energy can neither be created nor destroyed only converted from one form to another. This means that the only way to use the energy is to transform it.Apply that to a vehicle taking energy from fuel and converting it to motion. That block of energy is then broken down into smaller blocks for movement forward and backward, heating and operating accessories.One of the highlights of Future Propulsion Conference (2-3 March) still on Matthew Morris...

March 31, 2022

Cardiff Racing celebrates Formula Student 20th anniversary

Race fever is hotting up as Formula Student teams progress with the build of their cars ready for the summer competition. For the 4th year running, Cardiff Racing has chosen SPAL fans for thermal management, aiming for another impressive result to mark 20 years of racing. Zack Williams, Mechanical Engineering (MEng) Student (4th Year) in charge of sponsorship, explained the choice. “Cardiff Racing is the Formula Student team representing Cardiff University. Consisting of members from various d...

March 24, 2022

The end of the ICE as we know it

As a grizzled old engineer once intoned with great foreboding, the invention of the internal combustion engine will turn out to be the single biggest cause of environmental destruction in the history of the planet.While this is an example of extreme gloom and doom, in terms of pollution, conventional motor vehicles account for 30% of global carbon emissions so eradicating them is viewed as a quick win to combat climate change....

February 14, 2022

New HT fan range on show at FPC2022

SPAL Automotive UK’s first exhibition of the year will be the Future Propulsion Conference in March where it will present its new range of High Torque (HT) brushless technology fans for battery thermal management. The new HT fan range is geared to provide precision-controlled powerful thermal management with a longer operational life in excess of 30,000 hours.Software controlled for maximum efficiency and specified to IP6K9K, SPAL brushless fans are fully sealed, spark-free, completely waterpr...

February 1, 2022

OBR ups its game for 2022

After Covid disrupted Oxford Brookes Racing from fielding its first electric car entry in the 2021 Formula Student competition, all the focus has been on upgrading the car entirely to race in 2022. SPAL as the thermal management partner, received this update:“Since FSUK the new has been mainly working on the OBR21 car. Our current mid-term goal is to get the car running on its own power and complete a shakedown early this year. The car is close to the running state mechanically, although the g...

January 31, 2022

Have a question about SPAL fans? Consult our technical bulletins

The art of thermal management is all about solving problems and whether it’s an issue of undercooling or overheating, the solution always focuses on how to get maximum airflow in minimum space.Along the way SPAL has produced a series of technical bulletins to answer questions posed by customers in answer to their cooling conundrums as well as videos to provide a practical guide to understanding how SPAL high performance fans and blowers work....

January 27, 2022

A day in the life of Kevin Johnson

As the country continues to unfurl from the pandemic and the daily rhythm of life is recalibrated, Kevin Johnson, BDM Transport Refrigeration, SPAL Automotive UK shares some insights on how to get the best out of the working day....

January 26, 2022

Technical Bulletin 6 - Fan blades straight or curved?

Why are some fan blades straight while some are curved and what is the difference?In Technical Bulletin No. 6, SPAL UK MD Matthew Morris discusses the subtleties of the right type of blades for the job."The choice of straight blades to curved blades is dependant on the application and at the ‘working point’ of the fan, i.e. at what pressure it has to deliver the correct airflow."There is no hard and fast rule, although some manufacturers will claim that the curved blades are quieter when at ...

January 19, 2022

SPAL reprises Harper Adams scholarship

SPAL Automotive UK is once again supporting top seeded agricultural university Harper Adams by offering an exclusive scholarship to Year 2 and Year 4 engineering students.As a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance fans and blowers found on the kit of the major global agricultural OEMs, SPAL is finding its products increasingly specified in electric and hydrogen fuelled machinery.The acceleration of the sector towards achieving net zero emissions is a current challenge for enginee...

December 10, 2021

LAMMA Show 2022

We can’t believe it but suddenly LAMMA is next month – 11-12th January 2022 – and we are raring to go for the 40th anniversary of the leading farm machinery show....

December 8, 2021

Suspension issues can't stop Rob Wilson in the Cambrian Rally

Over Hallowe’en weekend our determined rally driver Rob Wilson and co-driver Martin Haggett, competed in the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally in North Wales in Snowdonia.Fielding a different car than usual did present some challenges though, as he explained:“We started the weekend with some Wales Rally GB stages. The first stage was Gwdyir which was a tough stage because it was a really rough track and we were running tarmac suspension on a Peugeot 205 GTi.“Despite having stiff springs on our 20...

November 2, 2021

Rob Wilson on course for selection in the World Rally Championship

Exciting news that Rob Wilson was selected by Motorsport UK to demonstrate his skills in the FIA Rally Star competition - the global talent detection programme - and is one of three to be heading off to the final in Germany.Here is Rob to explain what this means:“This weekend saw me compete in the FIA Rally Star UK Final where 18 candidates where selected to go head-to-head on two slalom and fitness tests. All this for the chance to progress to the European final in Germany where the...

October 26, 2021

UKCOP26 - Are we ready for net zero 2050?

With #COP26 coming up fast in November, SPAL assesses whether the UK automotive industry is in good shape and on track to achieve net zero by 2050.The whole transport sector accounts for 10% of the world’s CO2 emissions so it is a natural target in the battle against climate change to limit global warming to 1.5˚C.The internal combustion engine has been a significant polluter since the latter half of the 20th Century and though there has been a focus on cleaner fuels and cleaner engines since...

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