The ultimate gearbox solution for your V10’s DL800
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Finding specialized technicians and experts to guide you through the process of building your advanced 7-speed DL800 Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) can be hard, which is why AMS has developed the all-new AMS Gearworks program! With decades of high-performance automotive experience, the products and services AMS has offered have dominated every single platform they’ve been aimed at. Countless world records and motorsport championship wins prove to our customers that they are getting the absolute best the performance aftermarket has to offer. It has been a natural progression for us to now accommodate gearbox building services in addition to our award winning performance packages, all under one roof. As part of our AMS Gearworks DL800 build program, AMS can provide transport logistics to ship your gearbox to us to start the build process. Alternatively if you would prefer to have our technicians handle the complete process, we can even arrange to transport your entire vehicle for a total door-to-door solution.
The Alpha Stage 3+ upgrade for the DL800 is the perfect option for added strength for your R8 or Huracan, without breaking the bank. Designed for naturally aspirated, supercharged, or basic bolt-on twin turbo applications, the Alpha Stage 3+ trans allows for piece of mind when pushing your supercar to the limit. Our AMS Gearworks technicians utilize the Dodson 9/9 plate clutch kit installed in Dodson Billet A & B Clutch Baskets. This allows for substantially increased torque holding capability while still keeping the car driving and sounding like stock. It really is the best of both worlds! Also featured in the Alpha Stage 3+ is the addition of a billet second gear from Dodson, which alleviates another common failure point at higher power levels. We then add both the Drag Pack and the Billet Pack to the build which gives the Alpha Stage 3+ its “Plus” designation. Both of these packs add crucial functionality and strength when hitting the race track or drag strip. The Alpha Stage 3+ also adds proprietary AMS Gearworks internal modifications which aid in reliability and add strength to failure prone oiling system components.
Dodson has developed this 20 steel plate and 18 friction plate clutch pack to be used in high horsepower street R8 and Huracan DL800 applications with occasional drag racing and road race usage. The Dodson 9/9 Plate Clutch Pack is rated for 150% more torque over the factory clutch pack and all friction discs incorporate cerametallic friction materials for extreme heat resistance. The best part is the Dodson 9/9 Plate Clutch Pack is designed to significantly increase holding capacity while steel keeping OE-like drivability and noise levels.
Additionally the Alpha Stage 3+ transmission utilizes upgraded billet baskets from Dodson for additional strength and reliability. The OEM baskets are notorious for breaking at the spline section and coming apart at higher power levels. The Dodson billet A & B baskets replace both factory baskets with extra strong billet aluminum pieces, resulting in exceptional strength and removing a common failure point on the DL800.
One of the more common failures seen when making over 1000 HP is the OEM second gear stripping teeth due to the high level of torque the engine is putting out. Because it is not caused by a driveline shock, like many other driveline failures are caused by, this can happen even to R8s and Huracans that never see the drag strip. Dodson has provided a solution with a second gear-only upgrade unit that matches your existing gearbox’s ratios. This upgrade helps make the Alpha Stage 3+ transmission one of the most robust gearboxes available.
The Billet Pack does add some much needed shiny aesthetics to your gearbox, but make no mistake – these pieces add some very usable features and additional strength to your transmission as well. The Dodson Billet Differential Cover replaces the factory cover with a fully billet aluminum piece with gusseted design for additional reinforcement. This added stiffness helps strengthen the gearbox case to prevent flexing that can misalign the gears, shafts and other components inside. In addition to improving case rigidity, the Dodson Billet Sump Pan provides for a replaceable upgraded oil filter element, instead of the non-serviceable stock pan/filter. It has been designed to reduce aeration in the oil before entering the oil filter and increase heat dissipation, helping to keep your transmission running at cooler temperatures. Both kits include high quality hardware for a secure mounting solution.
One of the most severe use cases for a transmission will always be drag racing, and specifically the act of launching the car from a complete stop on a sticky track surface. This is why we add both the Wavetrac Rear Limited Slip Differential upgrade and Dodson Half Shafts to all of our “Plus” builds. The Dodson short and long half shafts are extra strong replacements of the factory shafts to better cope with the loads associated with high horsepower drag racing so you don’t have to worry if the stock shafts will leave you stranded at the track. In addition to these shafts, we add the Wavetrac LSD for exceptional traction during hard acceleration, as well as increased reliability over the OEM unit. Simply put, if you plan on doing any kind of racing with your R8 or Huracan, the Drag Pack is a must-have addition.