In 2012, the Sport Class saw two examples of what Beringer Wheels & Brakes can do: slow down some of the fastest civilian aircraft in the sky.
“We needed a really small, really powerful and reliable brake for Sweet Dreams,” said Sport Class president and Reno racer Lee Behel, who campaigned the one-off, Chevy V-8-powered machine. “Beringer had the only brakes that could do that job and still fit in the airplane. They were wonderful to work with; they gave us exactly what we needed.”
Sweet Dreams is a 1500-pound single-seat design from the pencil of George Periera; it is the fastest wood-construction racer in the world, qualifying in September at over 360mph, its first time officially on the clocks. Behel owns the plane; he flies in both Sport and the Jet classes.
In the same hangar was the Lancair Legacy of Bob Wolstenholme, the President and CEO of Lancair International. Stopping the boss’s machine? Beringer wheels & brakes. Another Wolstenholme racer was in the static area at Reno: a new development on the Lancair Legacy. Arriving too late for the 2012 contest, watch for it in 2013 – on Beringer Wheels & Brakes.
Behel took fourth place in the Gold race; Wolstenholme earned second in Silver. But that wasn’t the end of Beringer at Reno, 2012. The Lancair president had a secret weapon, a very special Lancair Legacy that was just a couple weeks short of enough development to make the race. This ultra-trick machine was also riding on Beringer Wheels & Brakes. In 2013, we’ll see how this newest creation does in the heat of battle.
Beringer is found in challenging applications across general aviation:
Beringer is becoming the ultimate choice for builders of high-performance aircraft, from the high-stress environment of the Solar Impulse’s single main wheel to the ends of the runways at the Reno Air Races – and to certified airplanes, including such diverse machines as the Pilatus PC-6 and the entire Cirrus line. These benefit from the smooth operation, high efficiency, light weight, and good looks that Beringer wheels & brakes provide.
Cirrus, the gateway aircraft to high performance flying, also includes the patented Beringer ALIR anti-skid system, to shorten landing rolls while extending tire life and keeping the airplane straight under hard braking.
“We are more than happy to help our customers get slowed down after they set their records,” said Gilbert Beringer, founder of the 26-year-old company. “Of course, we are also happy to give them the lightweight components that allow them to go fast, too.”
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