Southern Spars and the next generation of TP52 masts
Thursday, March 15, 2018 4:33 PM
The production of the next generation of TP52 masts is well underway by Southern Spars, ready for the TP52 Super Series, which begins in May.
With the Series at the forefront of the Grand Prix racing arena, Southern Spars were the obvious choice to provide the rig and rigging package to the TP52 fleet. As the leaders in innovation themselves, providing the rigs to a purely performance-driven class such as the TP52 allowed Southern Spars to push the limits of technology again. The masts are the stiffest TP52 masts that they've ever built, using the highest modulus pre-preg fibre available, which is custom made from their supplier to their desired specifications.
The rigging has likewise been updated with Future Fibres RAZR rigging, which is marginally lighter and smaller in diameter, delivering great mast tune and windage performance for minimum weight.
From their facility in Auckland, Southern Spars have already produced six of the TP52s masts, whilst another three are still in production. Manufacturing each of these masts takes a total of 16 weeks, which includes the global design process, laminating, curing and assembly production. Most recently, Azzurra's mast was delivered to Valencia where it will be stepped this week along with her RAZR rigging, whilst Onda and Quantum Racing have also recently been finished and sent out for delivery.
Soon every TP52 new build, of which there are nine this year, will sport the newest in Southern Spars mast technology, helping them to reach maximum performance during the Super Series this summer.