Porsche uses the Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race to test all natural fiber body parts

The car sports division of Porsche has launched the camman 718 GT4 CS MR with all natural fiber body kits, which have been developed by Porsche in collaboration with the Swiss company bcomp and will debut at the Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race.

Four motors, the Porsche customer racing team, will run the car.

With the continuous promotion of the industry and the government’s action against climate change, racing as a test bed of sustainable technology is playing a vital role.

The racing industry can bring products to market and test them in a very short time.

Once the technology is verified, it can be widely used in the vertical market of mass production including automobile, aviation and ship.

In terms of sustainability, Porsche has always been ahead of the industry.

In 2019, the Porsche motorsport Division launched the Porsche camman 718 GT4 CS, which uses natural fiber doors and rear fender, making it the first case of using natural fiber in racing cars in mass production, making it a finalist for the JEC Innovation Award along with bcomp and Fraunhofer WKI.

 

At a press conference after that, Julia klckner, Minister of food and agriculture of Germany, introduced Germany’s new bioeconomy strategy by taking the door as an example.

 

Since then, these components have successfully participated in many events around the world. Now, the sport division of Porsche is working with bcomp to launch an all natural fiber body kit, the result of which is the camman 718 GT4 CS Mr racing car.

 

Christian Fischer, CEO of bcomp, said: “since we started working with Porsche three years ago, we have gone through a very interesting exploration process and obtained the first mass-produced natural fiber body parts, namely the rear fender and door of the 718 Cayman GT4 club, which adopt our sustainable lightweight solutions. Today, we are taking a new step together to extend this technology to all composite body kits. We are honored and proud to work with Porsche and its trusted partners, which means that the widespread use of sustainable high-performance materials in future vehicles has entered an important milestone. ”

 

From raw materials to high performance components

 

Inspired by the veins on the back of the leaves, powerribbs technology creates a three-dimensional mesh on one side of a thin shell component for maximum rigidity with the lowest weight.

 

Therefore, the advantages of bcomp’s sustainable technology are obvious

 

1. Performance: weight equivalent stiffness.

 

2. Sustainability: the application of natural fiber reduces the CO2 emission of composite components by up to 75%. After the end of service life, the components can be used for heat recovery without residual waste, instead of entering the landfill site.

 

3. Safety: ductile impact performance will not produce sharp fragments, reducing the risk of puncture.

 

4. Cost reduction: the material cost of natural fiber fabric can be reduced by 30%.

 

From the reverse engineering of common parts to the reverse engineering of corresponding natural fiber parts, to iteration and manufacturing, in the process of developing the natural fiber body kit, the Porsche motor sports department has been working closely with bcomp. The production technology used, even the mould, is exactly the same as that used for the production of carbon fiber parts. The only significant difference is the elimination of air suction And ventilation components and other consumables, thus further reducing the impact on the

By Ethan