First week of retrofitting!

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Around the world in 9 months!

Our car for “iglide on tour” is going to drive not only on conventional roads, but also on rougher terrain along fields, mountains, forests to visit customers, branches and applications of iglide bearings. India, China, South Korea, Japan, the United States, Canada, Brazil and almost all of Europe are destinations on this extraordinary tour.

At the Cologne University of Applied Sciences in Germany, students are working under the instruction of Johannes Thome to prepare the car for its trip. Over the course of the next four weeks, various bearings will be replaced by igus parts, which will be put on the ultimate test when travelling more than 60,000 miles around the globe. At the 2015 K fair, the car will be disassembled on-site at the show to truly see how these bearings stood up to the round-the-world challenge.

Currently, students have already removed the car’s body panels to access areas to be worked on. Next, they will analyze how certain bearings in the car could be replaced. The back of the car’s body, as well as the doors had been removed too. There, iglide bearings will replace the standard parts in the window regulator and door.

The body panels of the car (left) and the front of the car where will work on the linkage of the windshield wipers and the gear shift

The doors had been removed to access the window regulator