1999 Porsche Boxster Engine Block Piston Liner Set, 95.5mm, Aluminum CNC Billet NiSiC Plated Cylinders for Boxter and Cayman 2.5, 27., 3.2 with M96 Engine, Set of 6
Developed by Mahle, the Nikasil(r) process used by Mahle and QSC's similar silicon carbide composite (NiSiC) plating, consist of silicon carbide in a nickel matrix. Silicon carbide is used partly for its uniform particle size, and partly for its hardness. Silicon carbide is second only to diamonds in hardness and therefore provides excellent wear characteristics. Another reason that silicon carbide is used is that it has a natural tendency to absorb oil, which helps the oil retention of the coating for superior lubrication.