You will be with me in that, beyond power, we seek to acquire a sport is that this is lightweight. But to save weight, if you want a sporty is economic, there is little margin enhancement, beyond the use of high-strength steels and other techniques, aided, as already seen in the Mazda MX-5. To pass that barrier is likely to be few solutions beyond the extensive use of carbon fiber, or even the design of a carbon-fibre monocoque. This is the solution employed by the Alfa 4C, but, of course, leaves us with another problem, his price, and the complexity of its production. what if it were possible to create sporting carbon-fibre monocoque, and that these were economic? would Happen that simply would be in front of a whole revolution.
That is precisely what it promises Gordon Murray, engineer and former designer of Formula 1 cars (the Brabham in the seventies and eighties), as well as the carbon fiber chassis of the McLaren F1. And the same that you just present iStream Carbon, a sort of chassis “monocoque” (in reality it is not exactly such a thing) based on tubular structures that was presented in the prototype Yamaha Sports Ride Concept that I loved yesterday.
Gordon Murray proposes a structure completely made of carbon fiber, extremely lightweight, durable, with a superior rigidity to the structures used in conventional sports, and, most important, economical and easy to produce.
beyond price, big problem in sports such as the Alfa 4C – or going back more to the top, the Lamborghini Aventador, – is that its carbon-fibre monocoque requires some production techniques, so specific, and complex, that their production has to be limited necessarily, as a little to a few thousand units each year. The use of panels of carbon fiber superimposed, tubular structures, and the perfect union of the parts which proposes that Gordon Murray would guarantee similar results, at a much lower cost and with a cadence of production is very high, would to produce a chassis like the one illustrated in these photographs, each 100 seconds.
According to Gordon Murray, could produce between 1,000 and 350,000 units each year. We think that the Alfa 4C can achieve an annual production maximum in around 3,500 units, precisely because of the complexity of the production of its carbon-fibre monocoque, and the low cadence of the factory that takes care of it.
This technology would therefore manufacture of sports to suit all pockets, with technology only present in supercars, or honourable exceptions such as the Alfa 4C. Gordon Murray ensures that are already working in 7 vehicles that will use your technology. Which, simply, is hopeful.
Source: Gordon Murray