16 August 2016
16 August 2016
BAC has develop a car featuring panels made from graphene bringing both weight and strength benefits.
BAC has partnered with Haydale Composite Solutions and claims it is the World’s first to create rear wheel arches made out of graphene, and has been putting the material through its paces on the Mono, the world's only road legal single-seater supercar.
According to BAC, it chose to test the use of graphene on the rear wheel arches due to the size and complexity of the part, to thoroughly test the manufacturing process and how the material fitted in with the car.
BAC Development Director and Co-founder Neill Briggs said, "BAC is uniquely placed in the automotive industry to be able to take innovative steps, and latest work with graphene is further proof of this. This development work is further proof of our ability to work with the very latest materials and innovators. At BAC we don't wait for new technology to come to us, we actively seek it out and work with the very best in the industry to stay at the forefront of the automotive and motorsport industries.”
"Making significant weight savings and improving body strength will allow us to offer improved performance to our customers. This is the latest in a line of ground-breaking innovations on the Mono, and we were delighted to have worked with graphene composite industry leaders, Haydale, on this exciting project."
Ebby Shahidi, Haydale Composite Solutions’ Director of Aerospace and Defence added, "We are pleased to have worked on the design and development of the graphene enhanced carbon fibre materials for the BAC Mono. These initial materials have shown some major increases in impact and thermal performance coupled with improved surface finish and it's pleasing to see these attributes being demonstrated on such a high performance vehicle as the Mono.”
"We look forward to collaborating further with BAC and delivering even higher performance materials and components to increase the performance of this exciting vehicle."
Photo provided by BAC
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