chassis/body materials

Discussion in 'Technical' started by mpg, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. This is more of a business question than a technical question, but we don't have a business subforum and it's a business decision that requires technical knowledge. Now that the F-150 is made from aluminum, it made me curious about future trends, especially regarding low and mid priced sports cars. My question is specific to that segment. What will sports cars be made out of 5-10 years from now? Will the next Miata be aluminum, steel, improved steel or carbon fiber?
     
  2. i think BMW are leading what will be the new trend of CFRP with aluminium subframes (i3 and i8)
     
  3. Agreed.

    Lighter is better for both performance and economy, so lighter materials will be used as cost come down. High strength steel, aluminium, and CFPR are all coming down it price, for different reasons. As soon as they can make a CFRP body panel in the same time that they can make a steel or aluminium one, CFPR will take off significantly for all vehicles.
     

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