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Toray Industries, a multinational corporation headquartered in Japan that specializes in industrial fibers and textiles, has teamed up with world-renowned designer Gordon Murray to dream up the T-Wave AR1, a two-seat electric concept that showcases Toray's carbon fiber expertise.

Toray says the T-Wave AR1 can hit speeds of up to 91 miles per hour and has a range of around 115 miles. Although it's nothing more than a concept, Toray claims the T-Wave could be modified for on-road use.

The T-Wave's extensive use of carbon fiber keeps weight to a minimum (1,865 pounds) and its carbon fiber monocoque makes it Superman strong. Toray says the AR1's frame is roughly ten times as rugged as the steel equivalent and that it can absorb 2.5 times more energy during a collision. The T-Wave debuted at the Toray Advanced Materials Symposium at the Tokyo International Forum yesterday.


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      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      for a moment I was excited when I saw the picture and Gordon's name. could this be an improved Tesla Roadster with a better price. could Gordon finally have gotten anything right. could we finally see some progress in this shitty world. but of course not.. Gordon found ways to mess it up. it's presumably just a demo and what is with those headlights.. while 850kg is lower weight than the Tesla it is by no means a minimum of weight. you'd actually have to go out of your way to fail that much with carbon fiber. it never ceases to amaze me how incompetent everyone is. when I first saw the image and I was slightly excited it struck me that no car during the frankfurt show and no car outside it gives any hope. there is not one vehicle that promises to be good in any significant way. the Rimac might set a good time on the ring should it ever try but it's so heavy and clumsy and as a result super expensive that it wont matter much. where is the upcoming revised 22k$ 600kg EV1 with 150km range that would change the world instantly with fast acceleration and virtually cost free driving...
      Doug
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's going on with the headlights?
      LEONARD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it up to me to produce a $10-12k two seat electric car with a 150 mile range or more ??? please no more sports car price concepts
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LEONARD
        Yes, it's up to you! Alone!..Ah...oh...well, ..I suppose you can have DF to assist you!
          Dave D
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          Dan, I agree with the need to go towards a lighter weight future. I just don't agree with you on the degree that is feasible as to how much can be done. I think anything that gets below 900kg is a bloody miracle when you consider the crash testing standards requried here in the US along with the sheer cost of carbon fiber or anything that remotely provides the crash protection needed. When you throw in the $12+million it costs to simply develop and certify an airbag system, the cost for antilock brakes, crash testing, the literally dozens if not 100 vehicles that have to be produced to get the vehicle cetified in multiple geographies, the cost of batteries, etc etc etc. Hell, the Bill Of Materials for a low end Mustang these days is close to $18,000. You add in the warranty cost, the manufacturing line, support network and all the infrastructure to run the company and get a car to market....AND save room for that "profit thing"...and you can see how silly Leonard's assertions are.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          hehe and you secretly love me for it Dave, you coward : )
          LEONARD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          Yes people that follow the K I S rule can get it done
          Dave D
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          At first I thought Leonard was Dan in disguise. But then I saw him use the "K I S" rule and realized it couldn't be. Dan would have added the extra S because he would have HAD to want the "Stupid" at the end to insult everyone :-)
        HVH20
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LEONARD
        Please do make a $10-12k electric car with a 150-mile range or more that passes all the federal safety standards and can be mass produced with high quality. I'm not quite sure how you think EV conversions with 150 mile range are $12k and that you can produce a new car/chassis plus all the electronics and reliability for anywhere near that much. If you can, then I will be the first at your door to buy it. The lightest/most efficient 2-seater electric car I know of doesn't even get a 150 mile range and their efficiency is through the room. That vehicle isn't anywhere close to $12k either. That $12k might cover the battery pack and thats about it. With present day technology and mass production, the cheapest an automanufactuer can get an EV onto the roads for is in the 30k range, and thats a fact not a dream.
        methos1999
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LEONARD
        Yes, yes it is up to you. Go do it and stop complaining. You may notice the only $10-$12k ICE car out there is the Nissan Versa. You may also notice the Nissan Leaf is over $25k with a 100 mile range. Good luck with your $10-$12k 150 mile range 2 seat electric car...
          LEONARD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @methos1999
          ice cars are also over priced and i don't know if any you visit any ev sites were do it yourself folks are doing it for less, i worked for an eve company that just can't fined seed money for a start every time fuel drops investors go away we know a few people sitting on stuff that can't find seed money, most of these cars are over engineered if they could do it in 1908 it dam sure can be done in 2011
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @methos1999
          Oh, I get it ! It's a joke,....yeah, pretty good...not a bad imitation of DF! Almost had us fooled since DF has so many alter-egos registered! ...
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LEONARD
        Leonard, I share much of your sentiment but you overlook a great potential. you see, a 2 seater performance electric car doesn't have to be expensive. high efficiency and high performance are compatible in electric cars. it is an illusion perpetuated by the douche automakers that a sportscar is much more expensive. a lie that Porsche has been earning enormous sums on. do you think that a sporty attractive design is more expensive than an ugly box? how much does shape cost.. and when you make an EV light and aerodynamic to help the efficiency you automatically facilitate performance as well. the 38kg motor moves the 1200kg tesla roadster to 100km/h in 3.8seconds. imagine a 15kg motor in a 600kg car.. electric drive has the potential to give super car performance for free. really. and that is why this universal incompetence among all car makers is such a crime.
      Ele Truk
      • 3 Years Ago
      Could somebody explain to me the phrase "Toray claims the T-Wave could be modified for on-road use." I am wondering where the hell else would you use it? It's certainly not an off-road vehicle, and it doesn't look like it would float, so it's not a boat. And it certainly can't fly. What isi it? Sidewalks only?
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      Call it a T-Clone for Tesla clone.
        Timo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        That's what I thought of. Tesla Roadster clone. This one is just city car though. Main weight drop compared to Roadster probably comes from battery pack size drop and they probably used carbon fiber to its structure as well. I wouldn't be surprised it they cut down the liquid cooling too. This has not passed any crash tests either, so I doubt street-legal version weights that little.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Timo
          you must live in some big cities
          Timo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Timo
          I don't live in tiny country. 150 miles is just 75 mile round trip. Not enough for me to visit my sister for example, and that is every day driving distance for many people here.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Timo
          I don't care if you travel the stars. it's not a city car. and you could charge while you visit.
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