Electric super car made of linen?
Famous female US car racer and environmental activist Leilani Münter, the revolutionary Tesla-based Electric GT World Series, and global natural fibre composite leader Bcomp Ltd. (Hungaro-Len’s partner), have decided to join forces to foster sustainable mobility for the future. Furthermore, Bcomp is proud to announce that Leilani will be an ambassador for the young Swiss company and its innovative products.
Bcomp’s powerRibs technology, providing a unique performance-per-weight ratio, is used in various parts such as the roof and the hood. Marrying the outstanding properties of flax fibers with an innovative preform design, the powerRibs technology allows weight savings of up to 40 % in single skin composite shell applications. Simultaneously, material cost and ecological footprint are significantly reduced.
At JEC World 2017 in Paris, Bcomp launches two composite preform kits called pRace© – F01 and pRace© – C01, namely a full flax- and a hybrid carbon-flax laminate (developed in collaboration with the European Space Agency ESA). Both feature the powerRibs technology, resulting in stiff and lightweight solutions for automotive race body parts. Available in either prepreg form or dry fabrics for infusion processing, Bcomp’s fabrics are easy to use and do not require resin- hungry bleeders or flow media for processing. B-comp customers can either choose to reduce weight of their benchmark carbon or carbon/glass laminates by up to 40%, or reach higher stiffness for the same part’s weight, all of this at reduced costs. Furthermore, this novel material solution protects drivers and tires by replacing the sharp shattering carbon with much safer on damage flax reinforcements. Finally, structural damping is significantly increased by honing natural fibres’ intrinsically high vibration absorption properties.
The Electric GT Championship is motorsport for the 21st century, that presents our fantastic clean energy and clean transport future to the World, and that excites and inspires us all as society enters into a new age of abundance; The Age of Light. Electric GT World Series, the first ever 100% zero emissions super car GT championship, has chosen the Tesla Motors Model S version P100DL as base model for the 10 teams that will compete during the first season starting 2017.
Leilani Münter is a biology graduate turned race car driver and environmental activist. She believes it is essential for humans to adapt and evolve the way we are living to a sustainable way that does not destroy the world around us. Leilani is an advocate for renewable energy, solar power, electric cars, plant-based diet and animals. Leilani wants our future to be a cleaner and kinder world. See Videos here.
In only 5 years, Bcomp has established itself as a renowned supplier of high-performance, sustainable materials in the Sports and Leisure industry, developing proprietary lightweight solutions made from renewable materials. Thanks to its innovative products and outstanding branding, the company has built a large international customer portfolio and a strong reputation worldwide. After successfully establishing its products in its entry markets, Bcomp has started its expansion into the mobility sector, focusing on motorsports, automotive interior- and aerospace sectors.