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Toho Tenax are supporting Kogakuin University in developing an advanced solar-powered car made with carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP).
According to Toho Tenax, the vehicle will be entered in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, the world’s biggest solar car race, which will take place in Australia from October 18 to 25.
The Teijin Group says it supplied the university with ultra-lightweight fabric made with Tenax carbon fibre, which was used to design and fabricate the racing vehicle’s 2-seater body. GH Craft has been involved from the concept stage in developing the all-carbon composite body. Tenax ultra-lightweight fabric enabled the bodyweight to be reduced by 55kg, but still ensures practicality and safety, as well as the tensile modulus (rigidity) and tenacity (strength) needed to withstand endurance racing.
Toho Tenax claims, together with Sakai Ovex, it developed an ultra-lightweight carbon fibre fabric as thin as 0.06 mm in 2010. The CFRP produced with this material was used to fabricate the car body.
Photo provided by Teijin.
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