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Advanced Composites Group has provided ZPREG carbon fibre material for the exterior body, structural assemblies and interior trim of the new Invicta S1, manufactured by ITS Ltd and launched at the British International Motor Show 2002.
ZPREG has given Invicta the opportunity to reduce the weight, manufacturing time and cost of the S1 by introducing design integration opportunities, flexibility of styling and integrated body systems that would traditionally have been separate components,.
ZPREG saves around 70% of the weight of a similar steel panel, reducing the vehicle’s fuel consumption and CO2 emissions and is claimed to offer a reduction of up to 90% in manufacturing time compared with traditional carbon fibre systems and cures in conventional automotive ovens
The technology is applied equally to body panel systems and vehicle structures, without the need for the very high laminator skill level that is required typically in the aerospace and motorsport industries. Coupled with composite tooling, having a lead time of between 8-12 weeks for production tools, provides the technology to produce vehicles in the tens of thousands per year cheaper and lighter than any traditional metal design.
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