08 October 2007
08 October 2007
Robot-Racing, and its manufacturing affiliate Radant Technologies, have joined the list companies supporting DiMora Motorcar's development of the Natalia SLS 2 sport luxury sedan.
They will manufacture the vehicle's roof frame assembly using carbon fibre materials and autoclave processing. This radical roof assembly-based upon DiMora's rigorous design parameters requiring aerospace carbon fibre techniques-will be far lighter and stronger than the roof structures of current production luxury automobiles. Radant Technologies will produce the roof frame assemblies in their 75,000 square foot custom facility in Stow, Massachusetts.
""Our objective is to achieve the torsional stiffness required for the safety and smooth ride of a luxury automobile, while minimizing the weight of the vehicle to maximize performance,"" said Alfred DiMora, Founder and CEO of DiMora Motorcar. ""Using aerospace technologies developed by Radant and our design team, the Natalia SLS 2 will be about a ton lighter than luxury automobiles of similar size. Carbon fibre has far more strength per pound than steel. When we combine our lightweight chassis with the 1200-horsepower DiMora Volcano V16 engine, the vehicle's performance will set new standards for luxury automobiles.""
Robot-Racing Manager Mike Sureau spoke of the challenge of working on the Natalia SLS 2. ""DiMora Motorcar is building an extraordinary automobile, pushing the technology throughout the vehicle. Every detail must meet the most demanding specifications. We take pride in being part of the team that is proving that the world's finest motorcars can be built in America.""
Brazilian company Dilutec has developed a complete gelcoat portfolio for shipyards, for applications ranging from the manufacture of the boat mould to small repairs of the hulls and decks.
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.
Alvant has been appointed to work on a two-year, £28 million project titled Large Landing Gear of the Future, which aims to deliver a 30% weight reduction and assist the aerospace industry’s drive to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.