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Ford Lightweight Concept Car unveiled, 800 lbs lighter than regular Fusion/Mondeo

Published by on Jun 4, 2014 in News Leave a comment

Ford Lightweight Concept Car

It looks like today we have to “contradicting” news coming from the Blue Oval. If earlier we reported that the upcoming 2015 Ford Mustang will be almost 300 lbs heavier than the current model, here’s the Ford Lightweight Concept Car based on the Ford Fusion/Mondeo which features a set of weight saving technologies that bring the car’s weight down to just 2,634 lbs (1,195 kg), 800 lbs less than the regular model.

So how did Ford’s engineers manage to save that much weight and make the concept car as light as a small Fiesta? Well, as you can probably imagine, they replaced many of the components with lighter ones made from carbon fiber, aluminum, lightweight plastics and chemically toughened glass. “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’s head of 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.”

According Ford’s officials, the Lightweight Concept Car is a result of their materials research program, which was also “responsible” for the new Ford F-150 shaving off 700 lbs through the use of high-strength steel and aluminum. In the same press release, Raj Nair, Ford’s vice president for Global Product Development said: “Consumers today want better fuel efficiency, but they also want more technology and features in the car, which usually adds weight to the vehicle [..] A focus on light-weighting will be fundamental to our industry for years to come, and we are investigating many advanced materials applications as possible solutions for weight reduction in our vehicles.”

Source: Ford

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