Partnership targets cost, lightweight composite vehicle structures


A consortium, led by Umeco (Warwickshire, UK) and partnered by Aston Martin Lagonda, Delta Motorsport Ltd., ABB Robotics (Zurich, Switzerland) and Pentangle Engineering Services Ltd. (Grantham, UK) has been established to examine the potential for using high-performance composites in mainstream automotive applications.

Dubbed 'ACOMPLICE' (Affordable COMPosites for LIghtweight Car StructurEs), the partnership will address the growing pressure on the mainstream automotive sector to manufacture lighter-weight; fuel-efficient vehicles which meet reduce CO2 emission targets. Aluminum and high-strength, steel-based alloys have been employed in response to this, but the physical limitations of these materials have, to a large extent, already been reached, so other options are being pursued.
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