Lightweight construction in the Automotive-industry

Lightweight automotive construction must meet economic, sustainable and ergonomic requirements, while the focus is on racing innovations, payload capacity and energy efficiency, and conflicting goals between comfort, design, sustainability and economy must be resolved.

Lightweight automotive construction must meet the economic rules and the requirements of sustainability and environmental friendliness in the area of conflict between ergonomics, comfort and performance, whereby racing has always been a pioneer for lightweight construction innovations in the automotive industry. In payload and special vehicle construction, payload capacity and energy efficiency also play a prominent role.

Holistic lightweight construction is necessary to achieve goals such as performance, costs, CO2-emissions, resource conservation and an optimal vehicle image. Conflicting goals between comfort, design, sustainability and economy must be resolved, with platform concepts in particular presenting a major challenge.

Sustainable, resource-saving lightweight construction measures must be identified in the early development phase so that cost-effective implementation of mass targets can be achieved.

The integration of lightweight construction into the requirements of the vehicle is equivalent to performance and comfort, whereby electrification in particular requires the holistic integration of lightweight construction principles into the development process.

Tool-based control and monitoring of all mass properties, including chassis and axle loads, is necessary.

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Results in the Automotive-industry