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Audi Le Mans prototypes, lightness through carbon fiber

Audi: Carbon Fiber Too Expensive; Future Is In Mixing Materials

BMW just yesterday began production of its carbon-fiber-bodied i3—a vehicle that makes some major advances in the way lightweight, mass-produced vehicles are made. But for now, BMW appears to be going it alone. For Audi, which was a leader in the development of aluminum-bodied cars 20 years... read more

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Audi R8 cut-away

Next Audi R8 Due In 2014, Hybrid Carbon/Aluminum Structure: Report

Carbon fiber is the ready answer to much of the automotive industry's weight-reducing quest, but sometimes it's not the only answer. In the case of the next Audi R8, it will... read more October 17, 2011 by 


 
2011 Ford Fiesta interior

Toxic Tests Ensure Your Car Can't Give You Cancer, Allergies

Safety isn't a glamorous subject but it's nice to know that when you put yourself and your family into a car you'll all be safe. Not just on the road, but sitting there and... read more July 7, 2011 by 


 
2012 Audi A6 aluminum and steel construction

Aero Aluminum Alloy To Compete With Composites, Due In Cars?

Low weight is the golden goose of automotive technology. Everyone wants it because it brings about improvements in virtually all areas - performance, economy, handling - but... read more June 13, 2011 by 


 
Graphene paper. Image: Lisa Aliosio

Graphene Paper 10 Times Stronger, 6 Times Lighter Than Steel

Nanotechnology, the study of materials and engineering on a molecular scale, has the potential to completely change the vehicles we drive. We've looked at self-healing... read more April 22, 2011 by 


 
Magnesium vehicle construction

Magnesium Car Bodies: The New Steel, Carbon, Aluminum?

Another day, another material that could lead to lighter vehicles of the future. The latest candidate? Magnesium. Magnesium componentry in cars is nothing new of course... read more April 8, 2011 by 


 
d3o self-hardening gel

d3o Bullet-Proof Gel Could Lead To Safer Cars Of The Future

Have you ever seen the experiment using custard to demonstrate increases in viscosity with force? When you run your hand through the substance it acts like a liquid, but... read more January 18, 2011 by 


 
Inrekor's lightweight aluminum and AAPRO propylene foam sandwich material

Lightweight Aluminum-Foam Sandwich Material May Solve Porky Car Problem

As enthusiasts, we've all decried the incessant bulking-up of our favorite vehicles over the years. Adding the necessary safety and emissions equipment to meet regulatory... read more September 15, 2010 by 


 
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