Ford debuts Lightweight Concept

Article by Christian A., on June 4, 2014

This is the Ford Lightweight Concept vehicle, FoMoCo’s latest creation that uses advanced materials in order to explore future weight-reduction solutions. According to Ford, this research also led to the dramatic weight reductions of up to 700 pounds in the 2015 Ford F-150.

The Lightweight Concept uses the same advanced materials found on today’s lightweight electronic devices, such as aluminum, chemically toughened glass and advanced lightweight plastics.

As a result, the new concept car incorporates advanced materials into the entire design, including powertrain, chassis, body, battery and interior features such as seats.

Seen from the outside, the vehicle looks just like a standard Fusion, but according to Ford it weighs just 1,195 kg (2,634 lbs), which means that the concept is 363 kg (800 lbs) lighter than the standard model.

Under the hood, there is a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged engine that uses aluminum connecting rods and carbon fiber front cover. Moreover, the 19-inch carbon fiber wheels are wrapped in 155/70 tires, which hide the aluminum disc brakes.

“Our goal was to investigate how to design and build a mixed-materials, lightweight vehicle that could potentially be produced in high volume, while providing the same level of safety, durability and toughness as our vehicles on the road today,” said Matt Zaluzec, Ford technical leader, Global Materials and Manufacturing Research. “There’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to light-weighting. The Lightweight Concept gives us the platform to continue to explore the right mix of materials and applications for future vehicles.” [source: Ford]

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