Motorola Cup gains new team, sponsor

Blainville, Quebec, May 2, 2000 — As part of its ongoing efforts to work in even closer contact with the sports divisions of the major car manufacturers, Newtech Group International announced today it is entering a team in this year’s...

Blainville, Quebec, May 2, 2000 — As part of its ongoing efforts to work in even closer contact with the sports divisions of the major car manufacturers, Newtech Group International announced today it is entering a team in this year’s Motorola Cup series. The driver tandem will be Richard Spénard and Jean-François Dumoulin in a Porsche 911 Turbo.

NewTech also announced that it has signed on as one of the partners of the Motorola Cup series.

NewTech’s innovative technology has resulted in the production of a full-contact brake system in which a single, circular pad distributes pressure over the full 360-degree surface of the disc, differing from conventional discs that use pads to apply pressure to certain parts of the disc. The full-contact brake system provides several advantages, ranging from better performance, less overheating, a reduction in noise and vibration, better heat dissipation and, above all, increased longevity.

"Our involvement in auto racing goes hand-in-hand with a business plan that is aimed at developing our brake system for a very specific market, and that market is high-performance sports cars," declared NewTech president Yvon Rancourt. "In the early 1950s, the disc brake became the standard after Jaguar won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and we believe the arrival of the full-contact brake system will have the same impact."

The NewTech brake system is equipped with sensors that measure the effects of forces exerted on the braking and suspension systems. This feature, along with its new Intelligence Braking System (IBS), enables NewTech to offer an exceptional braking performance to the automobile market.

"Our brake system is a combination of three very distinct products: the NewTech sensor, developed by our Mecatronic affiliate, the full-contact brake system and the Intelligence Braking System," explained Mr. Rancourt.

Mr. Rancourt added that "there are three specific objectives to our involvement in auto racing. These are to make our NewTech sensors accessible to all of the racing teams, to install our high-performance full-contact brake system on some of the cars in the Motorola Cup series and to adapt our Intelligence Braking System to meet the needs of racing teams. Since our sensors have already been tested on the Porsche car we’ll be using in competition, the next step is to equip the car with the NewTech brake system by the end of the season."

Richard Spénard said he is excited by the opportunity to drive for the NewTech team. "It’s great to be able to take an active role in developing a locally designed product that has a outstanding chance to make some major inroads in the automobile industry over the next few years," remarked the Montreal driver, who will share the ride in the Super Grand Sport class with Jean-François Dumoulin. The latter took part in sessions last year to test the NewTech-developed sensor.

"We are very excited by NewTech Group’s participation as both a team and series sponsor," said David Berman, President of BMG, promoters of The Motorola Cup. "NewTech’s contributions will be far reaching. Their financial support will continue The Motorola Cup’s outstanding growth and enhance our role as the ultimate proving ground for today’s high performance cars and components. The series will provide an ideal arena for NewTech to showcase it’s latests technologies and products geared towards improving the performance and safety of tomorrow’s showroom stars."

Jean-François Dumoulin said he is looking forward to working with an experienced team that spares no efforts in its pursuit of racing excellence.

"I had a wonderful experience with NewTech in the Atlantic series last year," related the Trois-Rivières driver. "I was really impressed by the professionalism of its management people and the engineering crew. When these people get involved in a project they see it through, right down to the very last detail, and I’m pleased to be a part of this program."

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Series Automotive , Grand-Am
Drivers Jean-Francois Dumoulin , Richard Spénard