The Deep Orange 6, “a next-generation Toyota concept vehicle” developed and engineered by students from Clemson University, has been unveiled this week at the SAE International 2016 World Congress and Exhibition in Detroit, MI. By using TeXtreme® carbon fabrics in its door panels, rear hatch, dashboard, and bumpers and cladding, significant weight savings, improved mechanical performance and superior surface smoothness was achieved.
Car designers face many challenges when working on new designs and are always searching for new ways to make future designs faster and stronger, while still achieving better emissions performance. Therefore, composites have never been more relevant to today’s automotive industry. Automakers see the advantages of carbon fiber and how it can reduce the weight of conventional vehicles.
“With our exposed CFRP interior components on Deep Orange 6, it was a high priority to use a woven carbon fiber fabric with a unique weave pattern. Textreme’s materials exceeded our expectations, as it has given us a beautiful finish on the interior, is a high quality product that is easy to lay up without distorting the weave, and the spread tow tapes leave a very smooth finish on the final part.” Said Dr. Johnell Brooks, an associate professor in Clemson University’s graduate Department of Automotive Engineering
TeXtreme® is a unique material that differs from conventional carbon fiber materials due to its proprietary production methods which create an ultralight and ultrathin spread tow carbon fiber reinforcement. Its track record of contributing to successful product releases from companies including Bauer Hockey, Prince Tennis, Cobra Puma Golf, and Bell Helmets, along with its use in Formula 1, NASCAR and the ORACLE TEAM USA America’s Cup boat, has proven the real-world benefits of the TeXtreme® Technology.
Deep Orange 6 is about creating a value proposition for a young generation that has little money to spare, that have less interest in vehicle ownership than past generations, need a personal mobility solution for commuting and shopping at low cost of ownership, and also have the desire for extra space, range and performance for leisure activities. The anticipated market introduction is 2020 and the brand of the vehicle will be Toyota.
“The Clemson team has been very good at utilizing the unique benefits of TeXtreme® and designing the composite parts balancing the mechanical properties and weight savings to get the optimal results on the car. We are proud to support this project and the development of composites in mass-market applications”, says Henrik Blycker, CEO of Oxeon AB, makers of TeXtreme®.
About Deep Orange
Tomorrow’s engineering leader will require both deep knowledge of a particular technical fields with a strong understanding of the holistic breadth in the context of product development. They will need to collaborate with cross-functional and sometimes conflicting organizational functions as well as with colleagues whose perspectives are shaped by uniquely different experiences. They will need to understand systems, cultural, societal and political forces, will need to tackle complex problems, and will need to be thoughtful about the lifecycle impact of their work and production. The Automotive Engineering Program at (Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) merges depth (through specialization tracks) and breadth (through the interdisciplinary Deep Orange initiative) into one outstanding integrated scholastic experience. For more information: www.cuicardeeporange.com
TeXtreme® Spread Tow reinforcements are the ultimate choice for making ultra-light composites. TeXtreme® Technology is flexible and tow-size independent, which enables the development of optimized reinforcement solutions tailor-made for specific application needs. Utilization of TeXtreme® Spread Tow carbon fabrics and carbon UD tapes by manufacturers of advanced aerospace, industrial and sports products confirms that 20-30% lighter composite parts can be produced with improved mechanical properties and superior surface smoothness.
TeXtreme® is a registered trademark owned by Oxeon AB. Founded in 2003, Oxeon has quickly established itself as the market leader in Spread Tow reinforcements with its products marketed under the brand name TeXtreme®. For more information, please visit www.textreme.com.