Toho Tenax’s prepreg helps to cut electric racecar’s weight
The advanced electric car races in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, USA.
Teijin Group has been accelerating its carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) business, particularly in response to the fast-growing demand for lightweight automotive bodies. Going forward, Teijin expects to become Japan’s leading provider of CFRP composites for automotive applications.
The racing team is a joint project of the Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles (APEV) Opening a new window and Tajima Motor Corporation. Opening a new window The electric racecar is called the 2015 Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One.
Tajima Motor, which produced its electric racecar for this historic race, is, one of the motor sports leaders. Toho Tenax collaborated with Tajima Motor in using its prepreg to help improve the racecar’s safety, design flexibility and weight reduction.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a time-honored car race that first ran in 1916. It is held in the Rocky Mountains on Pike’ Peak. The course runs toward the summit of the mountain, making a vertical climb of 1,439 meters.