Solvay to develop all-plastic engine for concept car


Chemical company Solvay (Brussels, Belgium) is developing an all-plastic automotive engine called the Polimotor 2, which will be put to the test next year when the four-cylinder, double-overhead CAM engine will be fitted in a Norma M-20 concept car to compete at the racing of Lime Rock Park, Connecticut.

Made from seven of its high-performing thermoplastic materials, the Polimotor 2 will replace up to 10 metal engine components—including the water pump, oil pump, water inlet/outlet, throttle body, fuel rail, cam sprockets and others—to demonstrate lightweighting through metal replacement.

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