Dieses Mal steht ein Leichtbau Piano in unserer Leichtbau-Garage, welches sich an Bord des Luftschiffs LZ-129 Hindenburg befand.

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Space travel, and in particular interplanetary transport of goods, requires highly specialised technologies such as the ALINA transport probe.

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In the 1970s, John DeLorean developed a vision for future automobiles that he was unable to realise at General Motors. As a result, the Pontiac GTO inventor founded his own company - the DeLorean Motor Company. The only vehicle sold was the 1,286 kg DMC-12, which was named after its planned list price of $12,000.

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VW started working on the one-liter car concept back in 2002. In 2014, the production of the 200 units of the XL1 has begun. According to the manufacturer, fuel consumption is less than 1 liter per 100 km, to which the low overall mass of the model contributes significantly.

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On 14 August 1941, the New York Times reported on page 19 about a new vehicle concept that went down in history as the Soybean Car.

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Space X shows increasing cost efficiency through various concepts, now ESA is catching up with Ariane 6. New joining methods for the hydrogen tanks may be just the beginning.

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This article presents the last great German Zeppelin. Particularly in focus here is the lightweight material duralumin and a part of the weight management.

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This time we imported a Jeep Grand Cherokee WL75 from America into our lightweight garage. With a length of 5.20 m and a wheelbase of over 3 m, this SUV offers enough space for a third row of seats. The 5.7 L naturally aspirated V8 engine produces up to 357 hp and 357 Nm.

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A Christmas contribution to the lightweight construction of Santa's sleigh

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Besides our passion for analysing existing vehicles in our lightweight garage, we also get creative ourselves designing new lightweight concepts. Together with our partners, the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, Litewerks and the Koller Group, we have developed a modular modular lightweight starter battery to replace conventional heavy lead lead batteries.

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Nature is often a model for technical innovations. This statement also applies to vaulted metal sheets, which are manufactured according to a bionic principle. In this article, you can find out exactly what this is all about and what the Mercedes-Benz SLK has to do with a turtle shell.

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Today we look at the BMW 750i xDrive from 2016. This car is powered by a 4,4 l V8 engine with a torque of 650 Nm, with an output of 445 hp and a top speed of up to 250 km/h. The gears change automatically through an 8-speed torque converter automatic, which allows for a particularly smooth start. This 7-series has a permissible total weight of 2630 kg. A special highlight, however, is its spur-geared output shaft.

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Lightweight optimization has many faces. The focus here is not always on weight optimization. Using the example of the DLR project SHEFEX, it is shown which positive effects innovative ceramic composites have on applicability, heat resistance and weight.

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To mark the 100th anniversary of the Maybach Type 22, door number 9 conceals the epitome of German luxury saloons - the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class with biturbo V12 engine. 612 hp and 900 Nm of torque accelerate the 2,350 kg and 5.469 m long vehicle to 100 km/h in 4.5 s.

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This time, the legendary successor to the Audi V8, the first Audi A8, is behind our garage door. With an unladen weight of 1.46 to 1.75 t and engine output of up to 309 kW and 550 Nm for the W12 engine, the Audi A8 was the flagship of the product portfolio at the time. In addition to all-wheel drive, the aluminium body was a unique feature of the chassis of the time and paved the way for multi-material lightweight construction and the design of complex aluminium structures.

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The history of cars with bodies made of glass-fibre-reinforced plastic (GFRP) dates back to the 1950s. Paving the way for mass-produced cars with plastic bodies, the Corvette C1 appeared in 1953 and was the first stage in the Corvette success story.

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After vehicles for road, water, air and snow have already been parked in our lightweight garage, this article goes on the rails. Anyone who thinks that lightweight design cannot be found in rail vehicles will be surprised by the CETROVO project by CG Rail. A CFRP metro train sets new standards here.

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This garage door does not cover an automobile, rail vehicle or aircraft, but a set of skis. These skis have in common that they are specifically designed for use in deep snow (off-piste). They are called freeride and touring skis, which should float on the snow as well as possible and avoid sinking.

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For the third vehicle, we take to the water. We have a quick glance at the technical development of the participants in the America's Cup. The focus is on the USA 17 trimaran with a hull made of carbon fiber and a wing main sail.

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The second vehicle in our garage is the Airbus A320. Compared to a sports car, the Airbus with an empty weight of 42 tons is certainly a real heavyweight, but it is precisely here that one of the most innovative lightweight construction solutions is hidden which we will introduce to you in the following article.

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Behind the first garage door we parked the Porsche 911 GT3 RS (commonly known as 997.2). The car weighs about 1,445 kg and its six-cylinder boxer engine develops a maximum output of 450 hp and delivers up to 430 Nm of torque.

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Are you an expert on Lightweighting and weight management? Or do you want to meet others who are?

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Together with the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) we developed a process to estimate lightweight costs in early project phases and challenged our new approach within a demonstrator project.

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Hello, this is Jan (Bionics BSc) and Max (Mechanical Engineering BSc). Since the beginning of April, we have been interns at TGM.

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