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10th July 2018, Fribourg

Bcomp’s flax fibre composites on the race tracks

Bcomp’s high performance renewable fibres have been used in a number of motorsports products, replacing carbon fibre materials. Electric GT Holdings and SPV Racing have unveiled a race-ready version of the EPCS V2.3 Tesla P100DL at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, featuring body parts made in natural fibre ampliTex + powerRibs, contributing to the 500kg weight reduction, compared to the road edition.

“The EPCS edition Tesla also leverages the flax fibres unique translucency as the roof has a fully integrated LED screen that will display statistics and information during the races – an entirely new and revolutionising grip to bring the audience closer to the race and a part of modernising racing to attract new audiences,” the company explains.

EPCS V2.3 Tesla P100DL. © Electric GT

Belgian Automobiles Gillet this year became the first to race a full-natural fibre bodied car in the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb. This highly innovative bodywork is made with Bcomp’s ampliTex + powerRibs. “The Gillet Vertigo is a beautiful piece of fantasy come real and driven by Vanina Ickx. Not only she completed the race under the 11 minutes goal but was also in the top five best rookies of the year,” the company reports.

The Alter XSR900 commissioned by Yamaha, meanwhile, is an example of Dabadie’s search to push the limits of motorcycle building using the latest technology and materials to create a combination of futurism and vintage. The result is an M,C where the high-performance ampliTex technical fabrics not only contribute to light weight and more sustainable body parts with a flirt to vintage looks, but also enables the unique front light with their translucency.

Gillet Vertigo. © Bcomp by Larry Chen

According to Bcomp, the Fribourg, Switzerland-based start-up which specialises in natural fibre composites, high performance renewable fibres maintain performance at lower weight, or increased stiffness at maintained weight, compared to standard carbon fibre layup for motorsports. They are also said to display a safer crash behaviour without sharp shattering, and increased vibration damping, as well as up to 30% cost savings and lower eco footprint.

powerRibs proprietary reinforcement technology forms a grid that supports thin-walled shell structures, e.g. motorsport body parts or automotive interiors. Combining high performance (stiffness, vibration damping) with low weight, safer crash behaviour, powerRibs can be combined with ampliTex technical fabrics for a high-performance, full flax panel, the manufacturer explains. Alternatively, the flax-based powerRibs can also be combined to a glass or carbon fibre base.

Alter XSR900. DAB Motors

ampliTex technical fabrics combine the flax fibres with an innovative composites approach, and Bcomp’s natural fibre know-how, according to the company. “This results in the highest performing natural fibre fabrics on the market, yielding the perfect partner for powerRibs to form superior lightweight panels with high vibration damping, stiffness and safer crash behaviour, all using natural flax fibres,” it says.

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