We all know that Carbon fiber is used on many super-cars. Why? Because with other composites create lighter structures.
Materials like aluminum, steel and magnesium, as well as fiber-reinforced materials like CFRP, are used where they bring the most benefits in terms of lightweight construction. Audi has many years of experience in the use of fiber-reinforced polymers.
Yesterday, the German automaker Audi Ag. signed an agreement with German supplier Voith to develop a range of lightweight composite materials — including carbon fiber. The idea is simple =: to benefit lightweight construction and efficiency through the use of innovative materials.
With the help of the development partnership being announced, Voith will now be able to apply its technological know-how to the automotive sector as well.
“For Voith, technologies for the use of fiber-composite materials in industrial production are a key strategic competence. Given the ever-greater requirements for efficiency, coupled with the need to protect the environment and conserve resources, we are certain that this competence will be demanded by more and more markets in the future,” said Dr. Hubert Lienhard, CEO of Voith GmbH.
“Fiber-reinforced polymers offer weight and strength advantages, which we have already put to use in the Audi R8 and the Audi RS3, for instance,” Rupert Stadler, Audi’s chairman, said in a prepared statement. “We want to use these advantages for high-volume production as well, and therefore the focus of our partnership with Voith is on specific car projects.”
The automaker hasn’t provided any details on when it hopes to commence mass production of composite plastics.