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Optimal to feature various car parts at Automechanika Frankfurt

Car parts for electric and hybrid vehicles will play a central role for Optimal at this year’s Automechanika Frankfurt, September 11-15.

Optimal’s catalogue for electric and hybrid vehicles has been significantly expanded since 2016. The further developed range of wearing parts for electric vehicles comprehensively covers the extremely high demands of a new generation of vehicles for high-quality spare parts.

But this isn’t the only area in which Optimal is making a big mark as an internationally operating company. This is also demonstrated by the new ranges for wheel drive components and CV joints, which will debut in Frankfurt. Visitors to the company’s stand D50 in Hall 6.0 will be able to convince themselves of the quality of our first-class spare parts for cars.

The global market for electric cars continues to experience rapid growth, with the sale of electric vehicles doubling in Germany alone in the past year. The trend towards electric cars is also continuing in the important markets of China, the USA, the UK and France. The major automobile companies are almost outperforming each other at the moment with studies and developments of electric and hybrid vehicles, which will soon be ready for production and push their way onto the markets. Optimal AG & Co. KG has therefore set course right from the start for a reliable supply of its partners and customers with wearing parts in this vehicle segment.

With the company’s new wear parts catalogue for electric and hybrid vehicles, it is using its status as an international company to continue driving developments in this innovative market.

Catalogue WBM-3015 for electric and hybrid vehicles includes more than 1,500 references in an innovative and customer-friendly format. The catalogue covers more than 30 brands and 150 vehicle models, including well-known electric cars such as the BMW i3, the Renault Twizy, Smart, the Nissan Leaf and the Tesla Model S as well as typical hybrid vehicles like the Toyota Prius, the Audi A8 2.0 TFSI Hybrid or the Mercedes S 400 Hybrid and many, many more. To make it easier for its clients to quickly choose the wear parts they need, all the references are also available in TecDoc and on the associated electronic media.

Optimal’s product range currently includes 18 catalogues. Since it constantly updates its range of wear parts, including its electric vehicle parts, the company recommends subscribing to its Optimal product newsletter to keep up to date with the latest news.

Optimal will present its new product group of wheel drive components (drive shafts, joint and bellows sets) at this year’s Automechanika. The wheel drive components can be purchased individually or as a complete, ready to install kit. The high flexibility of the new product group is additionally emphasized by the use of different types of bellows. Depending on requirements, a choice can be made between rubber or plastic bellows made from TPE.

Drive shafts, CV joints and the related bellow sets are typical wear parts. To prevent water and dirt from damaging the joints, they are sealed with suitable bellow sets made from rubber or plastic. For uninterrupted driving pleasure, the bellow sets in particular should be regularly checked and replaced as necessary.

Whether its fully installed drive shafts, repair kits for CV joints or bellow sets, Optimal says that the new drive components meet the most stringent requirements (OEM quality) in engineering and production as well as through the use of high-performance lubricants. Depending on requirements, Optimal also offers both conventional rubber and thermoplastic (TPE) bellows, which exhibit much greater temperature resistance and impact resistance as well as better inherent stability, thanks to its specific material properties. TPE axle boots are being used in more and more applications, especially in modern vehicles, and need stronger stainless steel clamps due to its greater material stiffness.

All wheel drive components from Optimal are supplied individually packaged for protection and with accessories. All parts are new. No service exchange.

All benefits at a glance:

  • Fully assembled drive shafts
  • Joint types compliant with OEM design
  • Complete kits with all associated fixings
  • Bellow sets available in thermoplastic and rubber versions
  • All components meet the quality requirements for original equipment parts in accordance
    with IATF 16949:2016
  • Low friction through use of high-performance lubricant
  • New material! No service exchange parts!
  • Use of high-quality stainless steel clamps
  • Easy identification of parts (TecDoc, DVSE, etc.)
  • Over 90 per cent of axle boot and joint kits always in stock
  • Excellent delivery service
  • Very wide market coverage

Vibration-free driving has become a matter of course. The failure of flexible couplings due to wear and tear has a serious impact on comfort. Optimal says that it now offers new flexible couplings – from a wide range of rubber-metal parts, for precisely this situation.

Flexible couplings are also known as Hardy discs, named after its inventor, John Leslie Hardy. They are used in vehicles with rear wheel or all-wheel drive and are connected to the longitudinal shaft via the integrated precision steel sleeves.

The special construction of the Optimal flexible couplings in the form of innovative arranged cord packs, a special rubber compound and high-quality steel sleeves enables the compensation of not only misalignments and axial play but also of juddering movements when starting the shaft or changing speed. This allows irritating vibrations and “juddering” to be avoided while driving. Optimal now offers flexible couplings for vehicle applications from BMW and Mercedes.

The F3 flexible couplings are manufactured on state-of-the-art machines and
subject to the quality standards for original equipment as required by IATF

  •  An optimized, internal cord structure guarantees efficient torque transmission.
  •  The composite rubber body supports and protects the cord skeleton so that the
    entire system achieves excellent attenuation properties.
  •  Deviations of angle and length in the drive train can be reliably compensated for.
  •  The Optimal flexible coupling effectively suppresses vibrations for excellent
    driving comfort and low levels of noise.
  •  Continuous quality control
  •  All references are available in digital search and catalogue systems (TecDoc,
    DVSE, etc.)
  •  Very wide market coverage