15 Articles
Lightweight, frameless Uni-Chassis unveiled at SAE World Congress

Theodore and Associates has unveiled the Uni-Chassis, a lightweight, frameless body-on-chassis design at the 2011 SAE World Congress in Detroit, MI. The Uni-Chassis is claimed to be a low-cost alternative to both the traditional body-on-frame and unibody designs.

The Audi diet: Automaker wants to slash weight from entire lineup

Audi Quattro Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Automakers will need to focus on "lightweighting" to boost efficiency

Lamborghini's Advanced Composite Research Center – Click above for high-res image gallery

Toyota, Subaru turn to Toray for carbon fiber body panels

Toray Industries, a leading producer of carbon fiber material, will begin supplying both Toyota and Fuji Heavy Industries (parent company of Subaru) with the lightweight product for use on upcoming vehicles. Toyota will reportedly use the carbon fiber to produce hoods and roofs for the Lexus LFA, a limited production sports car, and Fuji Heavy w

Is carbon fiber really a "green" solution to reduce vehicle weight?

BMW and Mercedes are leading the way in using carbon fiber to reduce weight in future passenger vehicles. Losing pounds can also be key to meet upcoming CAFE regulations and can also help increase the range electric vehi

Following BMW, Daimler announces carbon fiber future ahead for Mercedes

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – Click above for high-res image gallery

Following BMW, Daimler announces carbon fiber future ahead for Mercedes

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – Click above for high-res image gallery

Lotus imagines the Toyota Venza, circa 2020 and minus 400 lbs

2020 Toyota Venza as realized by Lotus – Click above for high-res image gallery

Design students imagine lightweight, aerodynamic wheels... of steel?

As car makers strive to meet increased CAFE standards, a lot of cars will be getting both lighter and more aerodynamic. While aluminum and carbon fiber grab a lot of the lightweight headlines, there's no getting around the fact that cars are going to be made out of steel for a long time to come. So it's no surprise that the steel industry is out to prove that it, too, can be a source

Detroit 2010: Edison2's Very Light Car scoffs at Electric Avenue

One of the vehicles on display in the Progressive Automotive X Prize booth at the Detroit Auto Show is the Very Light Car, an entry we hadn't seen before. Taking a similar attitude as the Sebastian Blanco

U.S. Automotive Materials Partnership Recommends Increased Nondestructive Evaluation

The United States Automotive Materials Partnership (USAMP) today called for "increased development and application of nondestructive evaluation tools in the automotive industry" as part of its publicly issued a Strategic Plan for Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Development in the North American Automotive Industry report.