ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With the 2013 season now underway, NASCAR® driver Greg Biffle
will once again be racing with the environmentally sustainable, 3M™
Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid as a new standard in the No. 16 3M
Ford Fusion. Novec 1230 fluid balances performance requirements with
favorable environmental and safety properties, giving Biffle added
reassurance and peace of mind.
On March 3 at the Phoenix raceway, the car will showcase the Novec brand
name on the hood. Additionally, the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion will feature a
system using Novec 1230 fluid throughout the entire 2013 racing season.
Biffle’s car had previously been upgraded with Novec 1230 fluid through
Roush Fenway Racing, who jumped on board early in 2012 to help protect
Biffle, as well as the environment.
The No. 16 3M Ford Fusion is the first racecar that incorporates a
sustainable fire suppression fluid. Metalcraft, Inc., an international
leader in fire suppression, equipped the cockpit of the No. 16 3M Ford
Fusion with its Fire-Trak™ branded fire suppression system using Novec
1230 fluid. The Fire-Trak system and 3M’s Novec 1230 fluid received
NASCAR approval in 2012.
3M researchers developed Novec brand products to be a safe, sustainable
chemistry used to replace ozone-depleting substances being phased out
under the Montreal Protocol, potent greenhouse gas such as HFCs and
agents that have undesirable toxicity. Novec 1230 fluid has an
exceptional environmental profile with zero ozone depletion potential
and a global warming potential of one. It stays in the atmosphere only
five days, compared to HFC-236fa that lingers for 240 years.
“Novec 1230 fluid is environmentally sustainable now and into the
foreseeable future, unlike HFCs that are targeted for phase-down by
international treaties and the European Union,” said Joe Ziemba,
marketing manager at 3M. “We’re proud that the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion is
putting 3M technology to work to help it keep racing toward a bright
Novec 1230 fluid is a clean extinguishing agent that is stored as a
liquid but is discharged as a gas that leaves no residue. The fluid does
not damage sensitive electronics or equipment in the racecar and
provides a wide margin of safety if deployed in an enclosed area near
Biffle. It also does not affect the surface of the racetrack, keeping it
clean for other drivers. Novec 1230 fluid comes with 3M’s Blue SkySM
Warranty, offering peace-of-mind protection against future regulatory
bans or restrictions. And when used in commercial buildings, it offers
an opportunity to earn innovation credits toward Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
Other notable applications of 3M Novec 1230 fluid include use in helping
to protect high-value assets such as data centers, aviation equipment,
marine vessels, museum artifacts, library documents, and financial,
health care, power generation and oil/gas petrochemical facilities, as
well as computers and other critical devices where water cannot be used.
Additionally, Novec 1230 fluid has found its way into the archives at
the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
at the Alamo.
For more information regarding 3M Novec 1230 fluid use in racing
applications visit www.3M.com/novecracing
or for other Novec branded products log onto www.3M.com/Novec.
Also visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/3MNovec1230fluid.
For more information about 3M’s sustainability initiatives visit www.3M.com/sustainability.
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Metalcraft, Inc. is an innovative
manufacturer of fire suppression & detection systems with operations in
the USA and Europe including an extensive sales and distribution network
throughout the world. A distinguished recipient of the President’s
Export Excellence Award, Metalcraft’s product range include defense,
marine and auto racing. For more information on our 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire
Protection Fluid based marine fire suppression systems, visit www.sea-fire.com
and visit www.fire-trak.com for
information on auto racing fire systems using 3M Novec 1230 fluid.
NASCAR® is a registered trademark of the National Association
for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc.
The Roush Fenway Racing trademarks and Greg Biffle’s name and/or
likeness used by authority of Roush Fenway Racing, LLC.