Lightweight design is the future

Over recent years, the importance of lightweight design in the automobile industry has risen significantly. IFC Composite is thus investing in the promising lightweight design field in a committed and ambitious manner. 20 development engineers are working on visionary, innovative lightweight design products within the company. By using high-tech materials, weight and thus energy can be reduced while also producing safety-related effects for vehicles.

 

In collaboration with its customers, IFC develops the best mix of materials to suit the area in which each product will be used. Within lightweight design, the company combines various different materials, thus producing a very wide range of products made from fiber-reinforced plastics. Each material is integrated wherever it can be used most effectively.

 

The cars of the future must be considerably lighter so that they consume less energy and pollute the environment less. Every gram counts here! A weight reduction of a hundred kilos means a car will use around five per cent less fuel. The aim of lightweight design is also to save raw materials and costs when manufacturing, assembling and using a product.

Why lightweight design?

There are many reasons why lightweight design is in ever greater demand in the automobile industry. The most important factors include reduced fuel consumption, ecology, sustainability and innovation. Besides engine technology, lightweight design also offers the greatest potential for reducing CO2 and consumption, at 20 per cent.

 

Developers are especially focusing on carbon-fiber reinforced plastics. These are particularly light, yet also boast extremely high levels of strength. Consequently, carbon-fiber and glass-fiber products are above all used in motor sports, such as Formula 1. Very high speeds require that the fiber composite material absorb a great deal of energy without being destroyed in the process.

 

Benefits of lightweight design products at a glance:

Low weight with a high mechanical load-bearing capacity

High strength and breaking elongation capacity

UV- and weather-resistant

 

Positive environmental impact during manufacturing and use

Good thermal insulation and good sound insulation

High level of flexibility in designing