Continental Introduces Lighter Premium Cars

Contitech Glass Fiber Reinforced PolyamidePremium cars need to meet the comfort and safety requirements of drivers. Nevertheless, weight is always a concern. Since, with an increase of every single kilogram, the CO2 emissions rise. With an aim to adhere to strict emission limits, lightweight design is being used by automotive manufacturers. When it comes to components, technical plastics have a huge role to play. Suppliers are in support of automotive makers.

For an instance, Continental’s division, ContiTech, an international technology company, has introduced a novel transmission adapter for cars. The company has used Ultramid® by BASF, the glass-fiber-reinforced polyamide, which makes the part almost 55% lighter in weight as compared to its aluminum counterpart. ContiTech Vibration Control’s head, Kai Frühauf stated, “Such a huge reduction in weight is a major step in the field of lightweight design.”

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class models are using the transmission adapter for the first time ever. These car models were launched in January 2016 at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The report said that it is the bearing’s central component in 9G-TRONIC transmission. Also, it is to be used in coming models in Mercedes-Benz C-and S-Classes.

ContiTech Vibration Control’s head of Advance Development Lightweight Design, Diethard Schneider said, “Throughout the entire development period, a wide range of simulation tools were used. The perfect interaction of strength calculation and process simulation, as well as our knowledge of the material itself, enabled this significant weight reduction.” It is due to optimal material use that the weight could be reduced significantly.

The transmission adapter, which is used in cars, is in direct power transmission line between the chassis and the transmission. The heavy loads are easily withstood by it. The component focuses on premium vehicles and fulfills their standards on grounds of service life, comfort, and crash safety.

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