“For the first time since carbon fibre entered the motorsport market 37 years ago, there is an alternative material for bodywork, and clearly a step to prepare motorsport for the future and to attract new generations.”, said Wiliam Kimberley, RACE TECH Editor-in -chief, at the World Motorsport Symposium 2018. Bcomp’s solution for replacing carbon fibres with powerRibs™ reinforced ampliTex™ natural fibre composites is live in some of the largest racing series and have proven their place on tracks around the world for seasons.
Matching the performance of monolithic carbon fibre parts
Ductile fracture behaviour and blunt edges, no toxic carbon fibre dust
75% lower CO2 footprint cradle to gate, end-of-life thermal recovery
Improved cost efficiency
Up to 30% lower material costs
Bcomp’s solution for sustainable lightweighting in motorsport has been awarded the Most Innovative New Motorsport Product by the World Motorsport Symposium, the Product Showcase Awards by Autosport International and was a JEC Innovation Awards finalist together with Porsche AG for serial production of natural fibre bodywork for racecars.
The products are used in more than 16 racing series around the world, from GT to Formula and Rallye. Bcomp is technical partner for sustainable lightweighting of the DTM and collaborates with Porsche customer racing team Four Motors as well as Aston Martin customer racing team Optimum Motorsports, who are both racing with Bcomp’s solutions.
In addition to racing series, several high-attention-projects such as the Gillet Vertigo for Pikes Peak, Electric GT racing adapted TESLA, and the ALTER by DAB Motors for YAMAHA all have ampliTex™ and powerRibs™ bodywork.
Taking a great step, the DTM opens its technical regulations to enable a material shift from carbon fibre towards sustainable natural fibre solutions on further solutions and partners with Bcomp on the development of mandatory parts for the 2020 race season.
The DTM shoebox made with powerRibs™ and ampliTex™
Bcomp is proud to announce its collaboration with German Porsche customer racing team Four Motors, participating in the VLN series and the 24h at Nürburgring.
Four Motors' Porsche 911 GT3 Cup c Foto Flach/Four Motors
When designer Simon Dabadie wanted to build a truly outstanding bike for Yamaha Yard Built, the result was ALTER, made with ampliTex™. The bodywork in ampliTex™ combines a high-end vintage look with the latest technology requirements: lightweight, sustainable – and fittingly a translucent look for DAB’s signature front light.
ALTER by DAB Motors x YAMAHA
Thanks to the powerRibs™ technology, a full-natural fibre layup of ampliTex™ + powerRibs™ matches the performance of carbon fibres for motorsport bodywork and other thin-walled shell elements. As opposed to carbon fibres, this natural fibre composite has a ductile fracture behaviour with blunt edges, thus improving safety without sharp carbon fibre shattering and toxic carbon fibre dust. Furthermore the vibration damping is significantly improved.
Parts made from powerRibs™ and ampliTex™ have 75% lower CO2 footprint than a carbon fibre part with matching performance. Furthermore, as no bleeders and breathers are needed, production consumables are reduced, reducing both costs and waste. At the end of their life, parts can be thermally recycled without residual waste in the standard waste management system. Carbon- and glass fibres on the other hand sadly often end up in landfills.
Bcomp offers both dry fibres and high-quality prepregs from trusted partners. Thermoset production can be done using vacuum infusion, autoclave or RTM in the same molds as for carbon fibre parts. The Bcomp engineering team provides optimisation of layups and can perform reverse engineering of existing carbon fibre parts to facilitate implementation. We support our clients all the way to the final parts.