Ford Motor Company has built a prototype carbon bonnet to help cars reduce weight and increase fuel-economy for their customers. The new bonnet was displayed at the Composites Europe event in Dusseldorf, Germany. The part is made of “super-strong material” that you can find in bespoke racing vehicles high-performance sports cars. The concept bonnet weighs 50% less than a standard steel version.
?It?s no secret that reducing a vehicle?s weight can deliver major benefits for fuel consumption, but a process for fast and affordable production of carbon fibre automotive parts in large numbers has never been available,? stated Inga Wehmeyer, an advanced materials and processes research engineer at Ford European Research Center. ?By partnering with materials experts through the Hightech NRW research project, Ford is working to develop a solution that supports cost efficient manufacturing of carbon fiber components.?
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