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Alcon announces significant order intake milestone with over 5000 armoured vehicle brake upgrade kits having been delivered

December 12, 2018


Alcon Components Ltd, the highly acclaimed UK-based brake and clutch company, have announced that they will be celebrating their milestone achievement of the delivery of over 5000 brake upgrade kits to the civilian and military armoured and specialist vehicle sectors with a one-off special offer. Alcon are offering a 25% discount for any new enquiry for trial brake upgrade kits, received before 28 February 2019.

Alcon brake kits are available for a wide range of armoured and specialist SUV’s, including, but not exclusively: Ford’s F550 and F150-based Raptor and Ranger platforms; Chevrolet’s Suburban and Suburban HD; GM’s GMT K2-based platforms Tahoe and Escalade; Toyota’s LC 200, LC78-79 and Hilux; Mercedes’ Sprinter; and VW’s Amaroc and Crafter.  All of the armoured variants of these base platforms have significantly increased Gross Vehicle Weight, often by over 30%. Alcon are able to offer a ready-made solution for the essential brake upgrade required to accompany armoured modifications and other specialist and performance vehicle applications, where the stock braking systems become challenged.

Alcon has over 25 years of experience in engineering brakes and clutches for specialist vehicles; from F1, World Rally and prestige performance cars to 30T-plus military armoured vehicles.  This places them at the forefront of developing and delivering high performance braking solutions for sectors where only the absolute best can be accepted.  Alcon’s off the shelf brake kits allow both OEM’s and vehicle modification companies to overcome the challenges posed by up-armouring vehicles for both defence, security and specialist purposes. The kits are compatible with stock OEM actuation, so are easy to fit but have been fully “ruggedised” to ensure extreme levels robustness and performance balanced with the requirement to keep weight to a minimum.

If a kit is not available off the shelf, Alcon have a bespoke design service that can deliver a similar offering for any platform of the customer’s choice including vehicles all the way up to 30+ tonne heavy armoured variants.  This bespoke engineering offering, from order to production, can provide tailored, performance braking systems to the customers’ exact requirements within an exceedingly short time-frame.

Alcon’s discretion, performance and reliability have led to the company becoming the braking system provider of choice for defence, special-forces, security and specialist sector armoured SUV users worldwide.  It is Alcon’s global success that has enabled the significant achievement of the delivery of over 5000 brake kits; with this trend only set to continue.

“Alcon are incredibly proud of our success in providing the best braking solutions and service to our defence and civilian armoured vehicle customer base” said Jonathan Edwards, Sales Director at Alcon. “We have worked extremely hard to develop off the shelf solutions to meet the requirements of OEMs and vehicle modification companies.  The continuing strength of our world-wide sales confirms that Alcon brake kits meet the necessarily demanding requirements of the defence and security armoured vehicle sector as well as other specialist users.  We are delighted to be able to announce this special offer for all new enquiries made before the end of February 2019.”

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Chamois renews sponsorship of RSF Racing motorcycle racing team for 2019

December 5, 2018


We’re delighted to announce today that we’ve renewed our corporate sponsorship of the motorcycle racing team, RSF Racing, for the 2019 season. As well as being cash sponsors, we assist the team with sponsorship acquisition and management services and we help them with their PR.

Jamie Clarke, our Director and Founder said: “this is great news! Richard and his team have had a tough year in 2018 with some unfortunate technical set-backs but he’s proven a clear talent to progress in this super-competitive class and I’m simply delighted to be able to associate the Chamois brand with such an energetic and exciting activity for yet another season”. He added: “part of what we do for the team is to help them find, manage and retain other sponsors. If anyone is interested in learning more about the benefits and the exceptional value for money on offer in a sponsorship partnership with RSF Racing then I’d be very happy to explain; please do feel free to get in contact with me at any stage”.

For anyone interested, you can download and read the RSF Racing 2019 sponsorship proposal here:

RSF Racing 2019 sponsorship proposal V2 5 Dec 18



An interesting sponsorship opportunity

November 15, 2018


An interesting sponsorship opportunity has come across our desks here at Chamois that we feel would be worth serious consideration by any UK company working in the defence sector. 22 year old Army Corporal, Adam Williams is competing for Great Britain in the challenging sport of Biathlon with a view to representing his country at the next Winter Olympics. He’s put together a presentation that sets out his plan and details what is on offer to anyone interested in forming a partnership that will promote their brand in an interesting and engaging way.

To learn more, please download and read his proposal here:

Biathlon Sponsorship Opportunity – Adam Williams

RSF Racing, Ducati Tri-Options Cup 2018 – Rookie Season Review

October 16, 2018


Sponsored by Chamois, RSF Racing, a UK-based, amateur motorcycle racing team competing at British Championship level, in association with the Army Road Race Team, have completed their first year in the Ducati Tri-Options Cup riding a Ducati 959 Panigale.  Rider, Richard Spencer-Fleet, has put together this end of season review for their ‘rookie’ season.

2017 was a horrendous year.  Having broken my neck, back, elbow, smashed my hand to pieces and dealt with a hefty head injury, everyone thought the bike-racing chapter of my life would be over.  Not so. During the months spent recovering at home, racing was one of the few things that kept me motivated.  My aspiration was to compete in a British Superbike support class; realistic as my lap times in club racing weren’t too far out.  So, a month after my accident, I found the bike.  A Ducati 959 with 900 miles on the clock.  Decision made – the Ducati-Tri Options Cup was on.  The plan was to test the bike over winter and slowly build the bike over the next 7 months. Winter testing at Cartagena went well and I felt at home on the bike, even after nearly 11 months out of the saddle.  2018 was set to be an amazing year!

Round 1 at Donnington Park was always going to a leap into the deep end after a year out of racing. The weather was horrendous and, having never ridden the bike in the wet, it was all new.  Everyone’s emotions were running high.  I was nervous, as were my supporting family and friends; especially those who had seen what I had been through and how I had pushed myself to get back on the track.  Race 1 was mental!  The start was like none other I’d ever been in. If you left a space it was immediately filled; if there was nearly enough space it would also be filled.  Ruthless!  Finishing 31st, I knew I had to change my mindset for Race 2.  With a slightly drying track, Race 2 was scattered with crashes, so to finish 25th was definitely what was needed.  Smiles on everyone’s faces, finishing a weekend of racing without crashing felt like a win!

Brands Hatch Indy – Round 2.  This track was always going to be tough.  Not just for me, but for everyone who had seen me taken away in a helicopter nearly a year ago to the day.  It was damp and cold. The tyres weren’t working well and I didn’t have the confidence in them to push hard. Despite my misgivings, with a dry line in Race 1 we finished the race in 25th on near PB lap times.  Hopes for a dry Race 2 disappeared when, just before the race, the heavens opened and my pit crew had to quickly swap wheels minutes before the start.  It was wet, wet, wet!  Finishing in 24th with a bike in one piece was a Result!

Round 3 took the team to Oulton Park.  We were lucky enough to test a week earlier and found a great base setting; we were already on PB pace.  The weather was the complete opposite of Round 1.  Think back to May, when it could have been mid-summer. The temperatures were into the 30’s so the bike’s tyres and settings were completely different.  The track was so enjoyable to ride and we had some great battles in both races.  Finishing 20th in Race 1 and 23rd in Race 2, we were defiantly going in right direction for the season ahead.

Then it happened.  We have found it crucial to arrive at each circuit with a base suspension setting and gearing ready to go, so we went to Snetterton for testing before Round 4.  But it wasn’t to be.  During testing the bike had a catastrophic failure – the engine locked up and the bike spat me off.  I got away with the crash but something big had gone wrong with the bike.

The next few months watching the season go by, while we worked on getting the parts and money together to fix the bike, were so, so hard.  Snetterton passed, Brands Hatch GP and Cadwell.  Then I got the call to say the engine was good to go!  With a quick drive to collect, the bike was put back together and within 18 hours we arrived at Castle Combe for a run-out to test.  The test went well and got us up to speed for the next round at Silverstone. I simply cannot thank everyone enough who helped in all aspects of the rebuild.

Round 7 at Silverstone was the penultimate round of the ever-so-short season and we were hoping to be up to speed after testing at Castle Combe.  Head-speed was there, but during practice and qualifying we couldn’t get a suspension setting that I was happy to push hard with.  After a good chat with the team at Ktech we thought we might have a good setting.  24-hours later we first got to try it in Race 1 – it worked!  Finally it felt like we could start to go with the pack.  We had some great battles over the weekend and finishing both races in 23rd after so much time off the bike was mega.

Assen – Round 8! WHAT A PLACE! WHAT A CIRCUIT!  I cannot wait to go back there!  Having never ridden Assen, only ever watched some YouTube clips, I didn’t really know what to expect.  Apart from it being FAST.  Practice was hard; trying to stay with lads that had been there before and knew the lines.  Making a mistake there could really end badly.  Having exceeded track limits a few times in practice, we knew where we could make up a bit more time.  Gearing and suspension changes were needed for a mega weekend’s racing.  To end the season on such a high was amazing with the best results of the year: 19th in Race 1 and 18th in Race 2.  Everyone came away smiling.

For me, the aim of the year had been to get into the points; just 1 point and I would have been stoked.  Having missed 3 rounds, and to be only 3 places away in last round, meant we came away with having tried our very best. This year has been really hard… but now that it is over, we have come away with lots of stats, settings and experience that we can use to go forward.  Which takes us nicely onto next year…

The plan is to race again in the Ducati Tri-Options Cup 2019; we’ve got the bike, we’ve got the knowledge, we’ve got the determination to do well.  Want to come with us on this journey?

The 2018 season would not have happened without the amazing backing of family and friends who have helped in countless ways to get me back to fitness and supported my return to racing.  I cannot name you all as I wouldn’t want to forget anyone. MASSIVE THANK YOU – you know who you are!

On to all my sponsors and those that allow me to race. THANK YOU! I can only hope that I’ve done you proud and look forward to continuing our partnership into 2019.

Alcon promote Brake-By-Wire (BBW) technology to the US market in concert with AUSA 18

October 9, 2018


Alcon Components Limited, globally-acclaimed specialist in the development and manufacture of braking and clutch systems, are promoting their state-of-the-art developments in brake-by-wire (BBW) technology to coincide with AUSA 2018.

Commensurate with Alcon’s commitment to be at the forefront of emerging technology, the company has been developing fully active braking systems to meet advances in Autonomous Vehicle Technology.  They have engaged with top-flight motorsport and aeronautical suppliers, along with specialist contractors to enter the market with the AAC01 BBW System, offering cutting-edge technology and performance.  Alcon’s AAC01 is a lightweight, off-the shelf, high-performance BBW system that features a failsafe design for passive braking in event of system failure; dual-channel pedal & calliper pressure measurement; and a Pedal Compliance Chamber Port for customer pedal-feel tuning.  In addition to the AAC01, Alcon have a number of advanced products under development and always welcome the opportunity to work on bespoke projects for a wide range of customers; from high-end motorsports to challenging military developments.

World-wide, a number of key Defence agencies, including the US Army, are working on Autonomous Vehicle Technology, with research projects looking into BBW technologies for both standard and emergency braking systems.  Current US research is looking at the development of a safety-critical, urgent stop system that can be incorporated into current and future ‘drive-by-wire’ technology across varying Army platforms.  In line with this, Alcon’s existing BBW system has the inherent functionality to be up-scaled from high-performance motorsport to heavy-armoured platforms, as well as being robust in both its operation and function.  Alcon’s extensive experience of working in the international defence sector attests to their ability to develop bespoke components to meet harsh and demanding battlefield environments.  As such they are also working on incorporating provisions to meet critical military EMC and environmental requirements and standards, amongst others.

Alcon have a dedicated US team to service their ever-growing customer base in the USA, and to be on hand for any state-side enquiries.  The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) exhibition, the largest Land Warfare tradeshow in North America, will be taking place in Washington DC, 8-10 October 2018.

Jonathan Edwards, Group Sales Director at Alcon said: “we’re already well-established in the global defence market with our conventional hydraulic braking systems having been fitted to a wide range of military and security platforms. To now offer our forward reaching brake-by-wire technology to the emerging autonomous vehicle technology sector in defense is something we’re very excited about”. He added: “our engineering pedigree in these technology areas allows us to deliver the very best, cutting-edge products and services to help develop future military capability; ultimately, protecting the soldier and saving lives”.