The Cast Metals Federation announced a series of honorees in its year-end awards program, leading with the selection of a high-performance cylinder head produced by Grainger & Worrall for Cosworth, the designer and builder of motorsports engines, as the Component of the Year for 2013.

The CMF is a trade association representing the metalcasting industry in Great Britain.

Grainger & Worrall is a producer of structural castings in aluminum and iron grades, and among its operating specialties are custom designed and produced castings for motorsports clients.

The award winning sand casting in A354 aluminum weighs 11 kg (24.25 lb.) and is an updated version of a casting that was reintroduced by Cosworth in 2010 for its Formula 1 engines.

“The cylinder head achieved extraordinarily consistent results with no casting ever failing on the track,” the CMF noted.

"This is a component right at the forefront of automotive casting technology," stated John Parker, CEO of the Cast Metals Federation. "At every stage of the manufacturing process this component pushes the boundaries to achieve reliability, performance and lightness to help develop extra power and speed from the engine."

Other castings in consideration for the award included a 1.2 metric ton steel high-pressure pump housing produced by Darwins Holdings; an investment cast wing tip developed by Aeromet International; and a suite of castings for the bed of a new hospital scanner, made by Harrison Castings.

"The CA cylinder head is typical of the highest standards expected by the demanding motorsport environment and we are grateful to Cosworth for allowing us to reveal one of our many specialist Motorsport castings usually kept under tight security," said Edward Grainger, director of Grainger & Worrall.

"The component represents the pulling together of technological advances, its application, along with the desire and tenacity to make what are often very small but incremental steps to succeed.” Grainger continued. “This culture to deliver excellence within race deadlines is what we are most proud of, and continues to push us forward ready for the next challenge."