- Posted June 4, 2014 by
Ford Lightweight Concept uses advanced materials
With fuel economy becoming more important than ever, there are only so many ways to get more miles per gallon out of a car. Ford has had lots of success with their EcoBoost engines, which have better fuel economy and more power than much larger engines. The next step in Ford’s plan for better efficiency is weigh savings, and a new concept from them shows off what is possible.
The Ford Lightweight Concept vehicle was built using advanced materials in new ways, and shows how they might be applied to a mass production vehicle. The car the concept is based on is the Ford Fusion, and compared to the standard version of the car, it is down nearly 25 percent in weight.
Ford will be using lightweight materials to lower the weight of the 2015 F-150 by 700 pounds, mostly due to the use of high-strength steel and aluminum. The F-150 is Ford’s bestselling product, so the application of this new technology will be the ultimate test in high volume production.
The Lightweight Concept vehicle uses more than just aluminum, and combines weight savings throughout the entire design of the vehicle. Everything from the powertrain, seats, body, chassis, batter and interior pieces have lost weight using aluminum, magnesium and carbon fiber materials.
Lightweight materials and applications for them have been developed along with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program and Cosma International. The goal for them has been to use mixed-materials to make a lightweight vehicle that has the same durability and safety of a vehicle on the road today.