14 January 2007
14 January 2007
The exciting new Jaguar C-XF is the first application of motorsport specialists BERU F1 Systems’ Wire in Composite (WiC) technology.
WiC completely encloses wiring looms in a bespoke carbon fibre sleeve, protecting them from damage. In harmony with the C-XF, the technology also improves durability, packaging, weight, performance and aesthetics, a considerable advance over existing wiring looms.
As the first ever vehicle to use the technology, the Jaguar C-XF loom replaces the standard main engine wiring loom. For Jaguar’s design department, WiC offered the freedom to form looms to virtually any shape, even incorporating sharp bend radii. With a high sheen finish and herringbone carbon pattern, instead of being concealed, the loom became an intrinsic part of the underbonnet design, opening further new areas for designers to explore.
“BERU F1 Systems is pleased that the debut should be on such an important and prestigious vehicle,” says BERU F1 Systems’ managing director John Bailey. “WiC technology offers designers and engineers fresh opportunities to optimise their design whether that is for performance, weight or appearance. With Jaguar so synonymous with design, it is highly appropriate that the C-XF is the first car to apply the technology.”
Although the technology was developed with motorsport in mind, WiC is proving to be highly applicable to road cars. The carbon fibre used improves electro-magnetic compatibility (EMC) resulting in lower electrical noise and the enclosed design increases security of the CAN network for units outside the body-in-white.
The technology is close to being production feasible. BERU F1 Systems believe a road car programme is possible within 18 months whilst a motor sport application is likely to be on track before then.
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