16 January 2005
16 January 2005
The new hugely powerful BMW M6 relied on a host of lightweight materials to generate 507bhp with a V10 5.0 litre engine.
To obtain the greatest performance from the M6, engineers focused their efforts on paring weight from the 645Ci to offer racetrack dynamics without compromising real-world on-road comfort. In this regard one of the M6's principal design features was borrowed from the M3 CSL - the carbon-fibre roof, which reduces the weight further – saving nearly 5kg and contributes towards the overall weight of just 1710kg.
Like other 6 Series models, the new BMW M6 uses a hybrid construction of aluminium (doors and bonnet), thermoplastics (front wings) and sheet moulding compound (boot lid). This mixture of materials delivers an extremely rigid, yet light, body structure.
The decision to opt for carbon fibre, seen more frequently in motorsport helps to reduce the overall weight and lowers the car's centre of gravity, optimising handling, acceleration and braking.
“The new BMW M6 is the latest in a long line of uncompromising ultra-high-performance vehicles from BMW M that excite enthusiastic drivers,” says John Kananghinis, General Manager Marketing and Communications at BMW.
“The BMW M6 will appeal immediately to the top echelon of drivers who demand ultimate power with ultimate dynamic agility but refuse to compromise on ultimate luxury. The highly exclusive BMW M6 is sure to be the most sought-after super Coupé of 2005.”
The new M6 will go on sale during 2005 with specific dates and prices yet to be announced.
NTPT is collaborating with the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne - Swiss Centre of Technology (EPFL) and other partners to research discontinuous fibre composite tubes for high performance applications.
Hexcel is promoting its range of composite materials for skis, snowboards and other high performance winter sports equipment at ISPO Munich 2018 on 28-31 January.
Solvay and deBotech have announced a partnership with USA Bobsled and Skeleton (USABS), the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the US.