Carbon Armadillo / Heat Blanket - XPRD
For almost 6 months I have been contemplating a carbon armadillo on my 12C. I've read through all the horror story threads on bubbling/color changed resin and failed armadillo's. I've been a customer of XPRD since I started and his knowledge of these cars is extensive. At first we didn't think it would be possible to find a solution, but after some back and forth we started to find a couple groups we thought might be successful. We looked at multiple options and took a gamble with a UK based company that said they could make one that could hold up to the heat.
After about a month back and forth we finally received the Armadillo. The armadillo looks great, but has a slight color to it due to the high temperature resin process the manufacturer uses. The manufacturer tested it on a vehicle of theirs as well, with multiple track days, and stated they hadn't seen any degradation, which was very promising.
XPRD also suggested, as added precaution with our new piece from across the pond, to add a heat blanket to cut back on temperatures as well. After some spirited driving, I used to have to remove my hand from above the armadillo after about 5 seconds. Not anymore. I can get my hand about an inch away and hold it there for about a minute. XPRD's designed blankets cut way back on the heat.
Today we finally found where we both had free time and got to installing the pieces. We had everything swapped out and back in within two hours. Took the car for a quick run with no issues or faults. I then drove the car home about 100 miles, taking some back roads to be able to push the temperatures high, and pulled the car in the garage for a quick look just before the rain started. As you can see the Armadillo held up without any issues. I'll be doing some more driving this coming weekend, but it seems a solution was finally found, thanks to XPRD!