13 January 2003
13 January 2003
General Motors and Alcoa have combined their design and engineering talents to create the Cadillac Sixteen concept, billed as an ultimate luxury sedan.
The Sixteen represents the integration of design and styling with aluminum structural design and advanced manufacturing technologies.
""Working with General Motors to help them create this intriguing sedan presented Alcoa with the opportunity to demonstrate more than two decades of structural design and engineering expertise. The Sixteen's aluminum auto structure is unique in its capacity to meet significant vehicle performance, occupant comfort and safety requirements while accommodating the sedan's aesthetic needs,"" according to Robert S. Hughes, Alcoa's Executive Vice President in charge of the automotive market sector.
The advanced automotive aluminum design concepts and technologies Alcoa has featured in the Sixteen include a rigid structural backbone comprised of a reinforced central tunnel coupled with composite floor panels providing stiffness and strength, as well as aluminium energy-absorbing crash management systems and cast A, B and C pillars.
Sharp & Tappin has installed and commissioned a Compcut 200 composite plate saw at Renault Sport Racing in Enstone, Oxfordshire, UK.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) selected a lightweight FiberSPAN fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) bridge deck, manufactured by Composite Advantage, for the Rugg Bridge on Route 57.
Electric GT Holdings and SPV Racing recently unveiled the race-ready version of the EPCS V2.3 Tesla P100DL at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The car features lightweight body parts made using Bcomp's ampliTex and powerRibs natural fibre composite reinforcement products, contributing to a 500 kg weight reduction over the road edition.