Hartzell will provide its three-blade structural composite propeller known as “The Claw,” carbon fiber composite spinners, and lightweight governors to every Red Bull Air Race team.
In addition, Hartzell will supply personnel for propeller technical support and maintenance services for all of the racers.
Hartzell’s three-bladed structural composite propeller was nicknamed “The Claw” by aerobatic performer Sean D. Tucker due to its high thrust and low gyroscopic forces and inertia, company officials explained.
Hartzell Propeller also returns as a co-sponsor for Michael Goulian’s entry into the championship. Goulian is one of only six active Red Bull Air Race pilots to have won a race with his historic victory in Budapest in 2009.
The eight-race 2016 season will span seven countries over three continents. Two new locations are established high-speed motorsport venues.
The series kicks off March 11-12 with the traditional season opener in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for the ninth straight time. Next up is the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria on April 23-24.
The series then makes a return to Japan, following the success of the debut race in 2015 that sold out. The championship then moves to Budapest, Hungary, on July 16-17 where the racetrack’s pylons are set up in the heart of the city along the Danube.
On Aug. 13-14, the setting is Ascot, Great Britain. The series then makes its return to the Lausitzring on Sept. 3-4.
The final two races of the season will be in North America — first, on Oct. 1-2, with the Red Bull Air Race premiere at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The season finale happens Oct. 15-16 in Las Vegas, where the 2016 World Champion will be crowned at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.