Roseville, MI – September 7, 2007 – The Low Pressure Casting division of Wolverine Bronze has become the newest Technology Partner to bring their world-class capabilities to the DiMora Motorcar Natalia SLS 2 sport luxury sedan. Their state-of-the-art system will be used to sand cast precision parts of the 14-liter, 1200-horsepower, DiMora Volcano V16 engine.
In traditional sand castings, components are gravity-poured from the top of a mold, a process that is rife with uncontrolled variables and possibilities for contamination. In contrast, Wolverine Bronze casts high-performance engine blocks and other component parts from the bottom of the mold.
A pressurized inert gas forces molten aluminum up through a tube from the furnace into the mold. Molten metal continues to feed the casting under pressure, until it has entirely solidified, starting at the most distant points and gradually cooling all the way to the fill tube. This is the heart of the process and ensures a defect-free casting with very tight grain structure and fine dimensional accuracy. A sophisticated electronic panel controls the process, monitors and records each step, and ultimately verifies that the resultant casting was made under variable-free conditions.
"All of us at Wolverine Bronze Company are tremendously excited about our new relationship with the DiMora team," said Paul Smith, second generation owner and Vice President of Business Development. "The original concept in designing our low pressure system was to produce the highest quality sand castings possible, and target this capability to the high-performance engine market. With their absolute dedication to building the world's finest automobile, it is only natural that DiMora Motorcar is the first company to use this technique for a production engine."
Alfred DiMora, CEO and Founder of DiMora Motorcar, noted the importance of utilizing Wolverine's advanced techniques in low pressure casting for the DiMora Volcano V16 engine. "The perfection required in the complex pouring of the casting requires both the best tool set and craftsmen highly skilled in their field. Wolverine is a world leader in low pressure casting technology and is a prime example of the innovation that is reinvigorating the Detroit-based American automobile industry."
DiMora continued, "I am really impressed by Wolverine's new Low Pressure Casting Facility. This cutting-edge foundry is unique in North America and was designed specifically to manufacture the kinds of complex, thin-walled, aluminum sand castings that we need for the Volcano engine. DiMora Motorcar is the beneficiary of their years of planning and preparation."
About Wolverine Bronze
Wolverine Bronze Company is a non-ferrous jobbing foundry serving the automotive, aircraft, and aerospace industries by producing a broad range of aluminum, copper, and bronze castings, from a few ounces to 60,000 lb. We also manufacture and distribute an internationally-respected product line of cast aluminum and welded steel bases, standard fixture components, and special application bases and castings.
Like many family owned businesses, tradition runs deep at Wolverine Bronze. The values that formed the core of the company in the 1960's—integrity, quality, and concern for the customer—are those that drive our efforts today. Wolverine Bronze is committed to excellence in everything we do. Our effectiveness in meeting the diverse needs of our clients has enabled us to expand our capacity in order to solve manufacturing and assembly challenges in both domestic and international markets.
A detailed explanation of low pressure casting is available at www.wolverinebronze.com.
About DiMora Motorcar
Based in Palm Springs, California, DiMora Motorcar crafts automobiles designed to exceed expectations for safety, performance, technology, ecology, beauty, comfort, and luxury. It reveals the design, production, and testing of these automobiles via the Internet so that people around the world can participate in and learn from the process.
The founder, CEO, and driving force behind DiMora Motorcar is Alfred J. DiMora, who produced two of America's finest luxury automobiles, the Clenet (as owner) and the Sceptre (as co-founder). He and the Clenet were inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1986 for the Centennial Year of the Gasoline-powered Automobile. He also founded Starbridge Systems, Inc., where he developed the world's fastest FPGA supercomputer. With his technological and automotive backgrounds, Alfred DiMora blends the two worlds together to create this new experience in automotive history, the Natalia SLS 2 sport luxury sedan. Please visit www.dimoramotorcar.com.