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Solvay is proudly taking a leadership role in the development of the Polimotor 2 all-plastic automotive engine to be tested in a race car next year, demonstrating the company’s unique and industry-leading advanced specialty polymer technologies in light-weighting through metal replacement.
According to Solvay, the collaborative project will ultimately set the stage for innovative breakthroughs in future commercial automobiles. Automotive engines typically are made entirely of metal and are the single heaviest part in a car. Polimotor 2 aims to develop an engine weighing 138-148 lbs (63-67 kgs), or about 90 lbs (41 kgs) less than today’s standard production engine.
”The Polimotor project is yet another pioneering opportunity for Solvay Specialty Polymers to bring its innovations to the forefront and to expand its lightweighting offerings,” said Augusto Di Donfrancesco, President of Solvay’s Specialty Polymers Global Business Unit. “Through this partnership we will further challenge our boundaries, showing all the more that our high-performance polymers are solutions in reducing weight and lowering fuel consumption, and that they are a key contributor in diminishing CO2 emissions.”
In Polimotor 2, Solvay says it will replace up to ten metal engine components – including the water pump, oil pump, water inlet/outlet, throttle body, fuel rail, cam sprockets and others – with parts made from seven of its high-performing thermoplastic materials.
Solvay explains that the Polimotor 2 four-cylinder, double-overhead CAM engine will ultimately be installed in a Norma M-20 concept car in 2016 for competitive racing at Lime Rock Park, Connecticut, US. Solvay says it contributed a major role toward the success of the first Polimotor engine, conceived by US Engineer Matti Holtzberg in the early 1980s.
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