Thursday, July 1, 2010

Toyota Lexus LFA to use Carbon Fiber

The cabin and other components of the new Toyota Lexus LFA supercar will be made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) supplied by Toho Tenex, a part of the Teijin Group’s carbon fiber business.

According to Toho Tenex, up to 65% of the cabin of the Toyota Lexus LFA will be made with its carbon fiber reinforced materials. As a result this composite-based cabin offers a weight saving of 100 kg compared with comparable aluminum-based cabin while maintaining the required rigidity. The main cabin frame will be made from prepreg. As for the transmission tunnel, floor panels, roof and hood, they will be produced using a resin transfer molding process. Moreover the C-pillar and the rear floor will be manufactured using carbon fiber reinforced sheet molding compound (SMC). Las but not least, the diffuser, the speed-controlled rear wing and interior components will also be made from CFRP.