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Wirtgen milling machines claim victory on Alabama racetrack

Wirtgen  W 210 Fi milling machines at work on highway

Two W 210 Fi milling machines from Wirtgen have claimed a victory at the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. With 766 PS, the two large milling machines from Wirtgen can hold their own in the face of the engine power of the race cars and motorcycles that otherwise battle to come in a few hundredths of a second ahead of each other on the 3.7-km circuit.

For the rehabilitation of the racetrack on the eastern outskirts of Birmingham, precision and cost-effective milling were required in addition to horsepower and speed. That's why the decision fell on two brand new W 210 Fi milling machines, which worked at different depths depending on the section of track being milled. While they removed the asphalt and base layer at depths of up to 18 cm on an area of 14,500 m², the large milling machines only needed to fine-mill the asphalt to a depth of between 1.2 cm and 10 cm on a further 45,000 m².

The milling drums required for this purpose were changed on the milling machines almost as quickly as pit crews change the tires on race cars. This is because the new Multiple Cutting System makes it possible to switch out milling drums of identical working widths but with different tool spacings much more quickly and easily than with other cold milling machines. For Kim Butler, owner of the contracted milling company Mill It Up, the changeover was so fast that she seemed to find it hard to believe: "It's incredible. We can change milling drums in eight minutes - I've never seen anything like it."

Equipped with new cutting tools, the W 210 Fi returned to the track. Compared to standard milling drums, fine milling drums have more picks and a smaller tool spacing - in this case 298 picks and 8 mm tool spacing

Fine milling drums are always used when, for instance, ripples and ruts need to be removed from the road surface or when the surface's grip needs to be improved. In many cases, this eliminates the need to pave a completely new surface layer. The fine milling method is also used to pave thin asphalt surface layers, however. In this case, creating a uniform, level milled surface ensures that the new layer bonds perfectly with the existing surface. As a result, fine milling plays a crucial role in determining the quality of the newly paved asphalt - which was also the case at the Barber Motorsports Park.

The two W 210 Fi machines underlined this on the racetrack in Birmingham, with its 17 different turns. After completing the milling project, Kim Butler expressed her delight: "I'm simply amazed by the technologies."

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