The Bioconcept-Car is the result of a research project by IfBB together with cooperation partner Four Motors funded by Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).
A commercial VW Scirocco 2.0 TDI, which has been retrofitted for motorsports, uses a low-emission rapeseed biodiesel, combined with innovative approaches to lightweight construction in the mobility sector on the basis of resource-saving materials, such as natural fiber reinforced composites, bio-based resins and bio-based plastics.
For this, various components of the car have been replaced by those made of bio composite materials and successfully tested during racing, such as the housing of the side mirror made of PTT, a bio-based, technical polyester or the tailgate made of flax fiber composite that has been awarded first prize at Bioplastics Magazines Bioplastics Award.
This allows almost 60% weight savings for single components and better energy efficiency during use-phase, while producing less greenhouse gas emissions during manufacturing and recycling.
The Bioconcept-Car also demonstrates the close cooperation between IfBB and the industry. Material scientists at Fraunhofer WKIs Application Center for Wood Fiber Research HOFZET together with Four Motors now bring the material concepts for body and interior components to series production at Porsche AG to ensure, that in the long term, all car drivers benefit from light and stable vehicles whose production and operation require less fossil resources.
At booth A8 in hall 2, visitors can marvel the race car provided with the friendly support of Fraunhofer WKI and learn first-hand how to combine different renewable raw materials in body and interior components: for a more sustainable mobility of tomorrow.