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New Delta Motorsport E-4 Coup Takes Centre Stage on the Umeco Composites Stand

28 March 2011

Advanced Composites Group, JD Lincoln, GRPMS, Richmond Aerovac and IPM will be co-exhibiting under the Umeco Composites banner on Stand No.: T50 in Hall 1 at the JEC Composites exhibition on the 29th, 30th and 31st March 2011.

Each Umeco Composites business will display a range of exhibits, and personnel will be on hand to discuss individual product portfolios and technologies. The main exhibit on the stand will be Delta Motorsport's E-4 Coup, a vehicle which has been manufactured using ACG's advanced automotive prepreg products.

Officially launched on March 7th at the European Automotive Industry Technology Roadshow, the E-4 Coup is an all-electric road vehicle built using ACG's DForm Deformable Composite System (DCS) for structures, next generation Body Panel System (BPS), and tooling prepreg materials. Delta worked with ACG on the carbon fibre integrated chassis and bodywork construction to generate a class-leading, low-mass vehicle together with a clear road map towards effective medium-volume production. The four-seater road car has been developed using a combination of ACG's DForm DCS and next generation BPS, and has been engineered with a high level of parts integration in order to achieve maximum weight reduction compared with traditional materials. The Body in White (BIW) is manufactured from just fifteen bonded major composite panels and weighs only 85Kg, including the front and rear aluminium sub-frames, and crash structures.

An award winning, innovative tooling solution, jointly developed by ACG and Integran Technologies Inc., will also be on display in the JEC Innovations area. ACG and Integran won the JEC 2011 Composite Innovation Award - Equipment Category for Carbovar - Nanovate -NV surface composite tooling. The innovation combines the hardness, durability and damage tolerance of the nanometal coating with the lightweight, low thermal mass of a carbon fibre composite mould tool. The Nanovate surface is an ultra-hard, nanocrystalline nickel/iron alloy coating that has a low coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) matching the CTE of the composite mould tool. The ultra-hard surface increases the longevity of the mould, becoming comparable to that of a conventional metallic mould tool. Composite tooling saves the energy required for the heat-up and cool-down phases, and the energy required to lift, rotate and manoeuvre them within the working environment, and during the lay-up process (faster material deposition rates).





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