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Meeting the Need for Speed

Meeting the Need for Speed

Meeting the Need for Speed

Here’s how ESPRIT is helping Quick Drive keep up with the constantly evolving demands and innovations of the racing industry

Quick Drive LLC is a Colorado-based manufacturer of a proprietary line of high-performance drivetrain components for auto racing. Their parts are designed, engineered, prototyped, and manufactured in-house. That’s no small feat for a company that serves customers all over the globe. 

“We have clients on every continent with a racetrack, from the United States to South Africa and beyond,” says Brock Graves, Quick Drive’s owner/operator.

Brock and his team get it done using milling, turning, and mill-turn processes on a number of machines. On the Quick Drive shop floor, you’ll encounter both a Haas VF-2SS and a VF-4 vertical machining centre, a Haas UMC-750 5-axis machining centre, a Haas ST-20Y live tool lathe, a Takisawa EX-100 lathe, and a Mazak INTEGREX 200sy. 

Originally, Quick Drive relied on a third-party company to produce their programming. But working with an outside agency began to present challenges as the company grew and their production increased.

“As we started to ramp up our development, prototyping and constant part changes posed a big issue with quick turnaround times. In 2017, we made the decision to bring programming in-house,” says Brock. But shifting to internal programming meant choosing a CAM software to keep up with their shop’s brisk pace.

“After shopping many of the CAM options available, we decided to go with ESPRIT,” Brock says. What was the deciding factor? “ESPRIT could offer us proven post processors generated by their team of experts to work directly with our specific machines. And the simulation capabilities were like nothing else existing in the industry.”

The sheer breadth of components manufactured by Quick Drive is one element of their success.

“We build drive units, torque converters, and specialty pneumatic products for drag racing, monster trucks, tractor pullers, drag boats, land speed vehicles, and various high-end custom vehicles,” says Brock. “Our drive unit is composed of more than 20 individual components. The most complex part is a full-billet aluminium case that starts life as a 113-pound cube. It gets machined down to around 11 pounds over the course of about 27 hours of 5-axis machine time. Our converters are made from 6061 aluminium and use a combination of ProfitMilling, trochoidal channel roughing, and the 5-axis impeller strategy to complete.”

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