Thursday, August 12, 2010

Car body made entirely from polyurethane

The new sports car of the German automaker Artega Automobil GmbH & Co. KG is said to be the world first production vehicle that integrates a body made entirely from polyurethane (PUR). Developed in collaboration with the Polyurethanes division of the German material producer BASF, this new sports car, namely Artega GT also features fenders, rear and front end as well as side panels made from a carbon fiber reinforced, microcellular polyurethane system from BASF i.e. Elastolit™ material. As a result different PU grades have been used as an alternative to aluminum and high-strength steels, consequently reducing the racing two-seater car weight. In addition to the weight reduction, the PUR components, which are produced using a Reaction Injection Molding (RIM) process, offer excellent impact properties even at low temperature, additional safety compared with metallic parts as well as cost benefits. Furthermore they exhibit high surface quality suiting for Class A paint finish.