08 April 2005
08 April 2005
Hexcel exhibited the K200 Roadster weighing only 300kg at the JEC show in Paris.
In pride of place at the Hexcel stand was the K200 Roadster micro car, manufactured by Super Light Cars (SLC), part of the Italian ATR Group and made almost entirely out of carbon fibre.
The ATR group which specialises in the production of structural parts and components in carbon fibre advanced composites and Hexcel’s collaboration with the ATR Group is based on the supply of a range of composite products including HexPly M47, M48 and M49 prepregs, which provide a superior surface finish to automotive components.
The ATR Group is recognised as a leading supplier of structural parts in carbon fibre with quick production rates and high quality standards using different technologies. The company works in cooperation with prestigious international customers including Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche, Bugatti and Lamborghini.
The K200 is made almost entirely of carbon fibre advanced composites, to provide the highest specific values of safety and rigidity, without limiting an aggressive and vivacious design. Weighing only 300Kg, it is the lightest two-seater car in the world, designed with technical solutions typical of performance cars and combining the experience of riding a sporting motorbike with the safety and comfort of a four-wheeled car.
The chassis is a carbon fibre sandwich monocoque design with a front carbon Kevlar crash-box. HexWeb aramid paper honeycomb is the core material. The body panels are made in carbon fibre composite. The K200 Roadster has a maximum speed of 110 km/h.
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