In the current Formula One season, NGK Spark Plug, the most renowned ignition brand for road and racing, for the 22nd consecutive season takes the position of Official Supplier of Scuderia Ferrari, the most successful and rich-in-tradition Formula One team.
In more than two decades of cooperation, Scuderia Ferrari has collected numerous titles sparked by ignition technology from NGK Spark Plug. Since the team joined forces with the world’s leading spark plug manufacturer, six World Championship Drivers’ and eight Constructors’ Championships as well as countless Grand Prix titles have gone to Maranello. For the coming months and races, NGK Spark Plug has once more tailored a high-tech spark plug towards the specific needs of the high-rev engine for Scuderia Ferrari’s SF70H racing car, which is hitting the Formula One tracks piloted by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen.
As the petrol engine on-board the car is capable of delivering a maximum of 15,000 revolutions per minute, the spark plug must guarantee up to 125 ignitions in just one second. In doing so, it must also withstand extreme vibrations and thermal stress. “Designing a spark plug which performs at its best even in such extreme conditions is a challenge for everyone involved and proof of our ability to outperform in racing,” says Damien Germès, Senior Vice President at NGK Spark Plug Europe.
He concludes: “Our success in the motorsports arena also provides impetus to Original Equipment and the Aftermarket. Precious metal spark plugs and semi-surface spark plugs are just two examples for technologies which are common in today’s road cars and which benefit the driving experience and environmental protection. They stand for innovations that debuted in motorsports and made it to Original Equipment later. For this reason, we enjoy seeing our company logo on the SF70H just as we enjoy the continued trust Scuderia Ferrari puts in our ignition competence. We wish the team every success!”
NGK also hopes to see the number of successes rising. In Formula One alone, NGK Spark Plug has been involved in more than 300 victories so far and in the taking of a total of 32 Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships.
About NGK SPARK PLUG: Worldwide: NGK Spark Plug is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers, with its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan and sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and sensor technology, supplying Original Equipment and Aftermarket customers across the globe. Its product portfolio for the Aftermarket comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand, whilst oxygen and temperature sensors, NOx sensors, mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensors operate under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics. With more than 14,500 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.1 billion Euros worldwide. NGK Spark Plug is represented on all continents and has 41 group companies, 24 production plants and five technical centres. Aftermarket EMEA: NGK SPARK PLUG has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts into the automotive sector in the 1970s. With an outstanding commitment to quality, technology and research & development the company has become the world’s number one in spark plugs and oxygen sensors, and a leading provider of glow plugs, ignition coils and leads as well as further sensor technology. Organisationally NGK Spark Plug’s regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region – which currently represents 32% of NGK´s global turnover – the company has ten group companies and more than 800 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a technical centre in Germany. For more information please visit: www.ngk-europe.com
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Marcel Aßmann, Specialist PR & Event, Aftermarket EMEA, NGK SPARK PLUG Europe GmbH Harkortstr. 41, 40880 Ratingen, Germany, AG Duesseldorf HRB 43118 Tel: +49 (0)21 02 974 152 E-mail: email@example.com