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Teijin Supports Kogakuin University to Develop Carbon Fibre Car for World Solar Challenge

30 July 2013

Teijin says that Toho Tenax, the core company of the group’s carbon fibres’ and composites business, as well as GH Craft, have supported Japan’s Kogakuin University in developing a car made with carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the World Solar Challenge.

The race, which Teijin says is the world’s largest, will take place in Australia from 6 – 13 October 2013.

The Teijin Group supplied ultra-lightweight fabric made with Tenax carbon fibre, which was used to design and fabricate the CFRP car body. GH Craft has been involved from the concept design stage to develop the innovative solar car’s all-carbon composite body.

Toho Tenax, together with Sakai Ovex developed an ultra-lightweight carbon-fibre fabric measuring just 0.06 mm in thickness in 2010. The CFRP produced with this material has made it possible to fabricate an ultra-lightweight car body with the stiffness and strength needed to withstand race conditions while reducing bodyweight to an absolute minimum.

In addition to the thermoset CFRP developed by Toho Tenax and GH Craft, the Teijin Group is also researching and developing thermoplastic CFRP at its Teijin Composites Innovation Center.

Photo provided by Teijin.