A part made with crash-optimized Ultramid B3ZG3 CR can withstand static torsion of over 240°C, making it possible to substitute composites for metal in vehicle parts such as steering wheel components, body inserts and seat structures.
(Photo courtesy of BASF.)
Ann, you raise the issue of crash-optimized composites. That got me thinking, how safe is a vehicle if it's designed with this lighter weight material? Beyond safety, what about maintenance costs given that most vehicles are involved in some sort of minor fender bender if not a full-blown accident over the course of their lifetime. Is it much more difficult to repair a composite structure vs. steel door panels, for example?
The rear window on Ford's Lightweight Concept vehicle, based on the Fusion model, is made with a material combination devised by SABIC that saves 35% of the weight. The car's overall weight is 25% lighter than a standard production 2013 Fusion.
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