Project Objective:

Primary goal was to maximize vehicle performance while maintaining low vehicle mass. An important consideration in the vehicle design was the selective application of new technologies that could be extended to higher volume car and truck applications in the future.

Proven Results:

Right and left fender support systems employ a total of six carbon fiber composite moldings. In addition, carbon fibers are used to provide selective stiffening to the windshield frame and door inner structures, which consist primarily of conventional glass fiber SMC. Compression molded AMC-8590 chopped carbon fiber vinyl ester provided a parts consolidation from 20 metal parts to six carbon fiber parts per vehicle, a weight reduction of 40 lb. (18 Kg) per vehicle and provides primary and secondary attachment locations for 34 underhood components.