TITLE

Weigh to go

AUTHOR(S)
Knight, Helen
PUB. DATE
March 2005
SOURCE
Engineer (00137758);3/29/2005, Vol. 293 Issue 7671, p8
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports that automobile company Lotus Corp. has developed lightweight composite family hatchback. The automobile will weigh around a third less than conventional cars, and could be mass produced. Composites are tough but lightweight, improving fuel efficiency and performance. But the materials are costly and difficult to manufacture, limiting their use to expensive, low-volume vehicles such as sports cars. Lotus claims the car, being developed under the Efficient composites, lightweight and thermoformed programme, will be cost-effective enough for production volumes of between 30,000 and 50,000.
ACCESSION #
16659400

 

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