Recreational, Racing and Automotive Metals

The automotive, racing, and recreational vehicle industry are major users of a wide range of metals. This is due in no small part to the durability, corrosion resistance, and conductivity of many of the more popular metals. At Continental Steel, we have a long history of supplying metals to automotive manufacturers however we have an especially close relationship with the auto racing community. Each racing circuits relies on different types of metals, including titanium, aluminum, and steel.

Formula 1

  • Known as F1, Formula 1 race cars use a great deal of titanium because it is lightweight yet extremely strong, and resistant to corrosion. F1 racers also use aluminum alloys for their crankcases and cylinder blocks.

Formula E

  • A promising new extension of F1, Formula E differs in that all the cars are fully electric and powered by lithium-ion batteries. The cars will rely on carbon and aluminum.


  • Without a doubt, NASCAR is America’s favorite form of auto racing. NASCAR mandates the use of steel for many applications including roll cages, door bars, clutches, drive shafts, and many more. There is some aluminum used in cylinder heads, and clutch housings and covers.


  • Another popular American racing league, INDYCAR is known for the famed Indianapolis 500. These lightweight cars are made from a combination of steel, aluminum, and other metal alloys.

Kart Racing

  • Broken up into sprint, endurance, and speedway, most Kart Racing vehicles are smaller and run on shorter tracks. These cars, like other racing formats, rely on a combination of steel, aluminum, and magnesium alloy.


  • Many of the same metals used in racecars are also employed in the creation of your average bicycle. Titanium is the metal of choice when it comes to this particular application because  it is sturdy, lightweight and impervious to rust. However, steel and aluminum frames are also common materials when creating bicycle frames.



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