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.""
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
Fibrelite reports that since the start of its partnership with Trenwa more than 100 precast trench systems integrating Fibrelite composite covers have been sold for use in electrical substations, wastewater treatment plants, chemical refineries and many other applications across North America.