Bcomp, Electric GT partner for sustainable super car
Global natural fibre composite leader Bcomp has joined hands with Tesla-based Electric GT World Series, to develop the most sustainable super car GT for the best US female car racer and environmental activist Leilani Munter. Further, Bcomp has announced that Leilani will be the ambassador for the young Swiss company and its innovative products.
Leilani Münter is a biology graduate turned race car driver who believes it is essential for humans to adapt and evolve the way we are living to a sustainable way that does not destroy the world. Leilani is an advocate for renewable energy, solar power, electric cars, plant-based diet and animals.
Bcomp's powerRibs technology that provides a unique performance-per-weight ratio, is used in various car parts such as the roof and the hood. This powerRibs technology consists of a natural fibre grid fabric resulting in ribs in the millimeter thickness range on the surface of composite parts, leading to a significant increase of the bending stiffness of thin fibre composite shell elements by adding minimal weight.
At JEC World 2017 that concluded in Paris on March 16, Bcomp launched two composite preform kits: pRace–F01 and pRace–C01, namely a full flax-and a hybrid carbon-flax laminate (developed in collaboration with the European Space Agency ESA). Both feature the powerRibs technology, resulting in stiff and lightweight solutions for automotive race body parts. Available in either prepreg form or dry fabrics for infusion processing, Bcomp's fabrics are easy to use and do not require resin-hungry bleeders or flow media for processing. Furthermore, this novel material solution protects drivers and tires by replacing the sharp shattering carbon with much safer on damage flax reinforcements. Finally, structural damping is significantly increased by honing natural fibres’ intrinsically high vibration absorption properties. The customers can either choose to reduce weight of their benchmark carbon or carbon/glass laminates by up to 40 per cent, or reach higher stiffness for the same part's weight, all of this at reduced costs. (RR)
Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India