The steel industry presents its ideas for lighter cars
After years of research, the Massive Lightweight Construction initiative has presented its findings in a final colloquium. The goal is to significantly reduce the weight of cars and trucks.9 Dec 2018 Roland Freist
Since 2013, the Massive Lightweight Construction initiative has brought together many steel and massive forming companies to develop ideas that reduce the weight of chassis, powertrain, transmission and drive-related electronics in today's vehicles. In the now completed Phase III, the 39 international cooperative project partners applied their ideas to a hybrid 4-wheel drive SUV with a split-axial drive. They dismantled the vehicle and documented its individual parts. The reference mass for the chassis, powertrain, transmission and drive electronics was 816 kg and it was reduced by 93 kg in the course of the research.
In a second project, a truck's transmission, cardan shaft and rear axle weighing a total of 909 kilograms were dismantled. In this case the mass was reduced by 124 kilograms. Documentation on the two projects can be downloaded for free on the initiative's website.
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