We're partnering with Jaguar Land Rover and GKN Land Systems to investigate the application of high volume carbon fibre composite materials as part of CHAMAELEON, a 30-month research project funded by the APC.
CHAMAELEON aims to develop UK capability to deliver high volume, lightweight materials and processing technologies to reduce weight and improve rigidity in new vehicle architectures to support electric and hybrid cars. It is anticipated that the project will result in significant reductions in CO2 and other emissions through light weighting.
A significant outcome of the project will be a new UK supply chain capable of developing materials and manufacturing process technologies that are affordable to support volume vehicle manufacture whilst being sympathetic to the environment from a life cycle impact perspective. We will manufacture a demonstrator part using the facilities available in our Materials Engineering Centre (MEC) before transitioning the tooling and manufacturing process to GKN in preparation for serial production.