30 September 2003
30 September 2003
The super-sporty, carbon fibre two-seat Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, whose outer shapes and gull-wing doors are reminiscent of the racing legend of the mid-50s, has been launched at the Frankfurt motor show.
This coupé, with its elongated front end and short rear end, has a wheelbase of 2.70 meters and an overall length of 4.66 meters, and is 1.26 meters high. The car's structure, like the surface parts of its body, is made of carbon, and experience drawn from Formula 1 was used in its design and structure. The aerodynamic arrangement of the lower part of the car, which increases adhesion to the road, is of the same origin. The cherry on top is the extendable spoiler on the trunk lid, which at speeds of over 95 km/h serves as a pressure wing, but also assists as an aerodynamic brake.
A 5.5-l V8 engine located behind the front axle puts out a respectable 626 hp (460 kW, and when mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with three operational modes (Sport, Supersport, and Race) lends this coupé, which weighs under 1,770 kg, devilishly dynamic properties. Its top speed is 334 km/h, and it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, and to 200 km/h in 10.6 seconds.
CRP Technology collaborated with the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology of the Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) on the construction of parts for the aeroelastic wind tunnel demonstrators for ‘Aeroelastic Flutter Suppression (AFS)’ e ‘GLAMOUR’ projects.
Research to develop a revolutionary high-performance composite metal hybrid stabiliser bar for trucks and trains has entered a new phase. The findings from the project to date show that the technology has the potential to spin out into other sectors such as aerospace and could see the UK take a global lead with this disruptive technology.
Bindatex is celebrating 10 years of partnership and delivering 50 tonnes of multiaxial fabrics to a global composites reinforcement manufacturer. The specialist slitting service enables the manufacturer to supply its customers with material in a wide variety of widths.