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17th November 2017, France

Natural fibre panels with LED display

Electric GT has announced a partnership with Bcomp to replace some traditional carbon fibre panels with natural fibre alternatives – integrated with LED displays – in the Electric GT racing car.

Bcomp has developed a proprietary material for the automotive industry, producing high-performance, cost-efficient materials that can replace or reinforce carbon fibre and other engineering materials, and cut up to 40% weight with maintained performance.

The special panels will be put into action at the first ever public test of the Electric GT racing car at the inaugural Day of Light at Pau E-Circuit on November 18. © Electric GT

Its powerRib and ampliTex reinforcement fabrics have initially been used in the sports and leisure markets and can typically be found in products such as skis, snowboards, surfboards, canoes and guitars. In addition, the company has collaborated with the European Space Agency ESA on the development of lightweight space applications for several years.

Working with Electric GT, Bcomp has also now integrated a LED system within the natural fibre reinforcements which can create a display for live data and telemetry on the outer body of the racing car.

Bcomp showcased the new technology at the Electric GT headquarters at Circuit Pau-Arnos, where EGT’s sustainable credentials are put into action from the ground up, creating an incubator for technology and clean energy.

The special panels will be put into action at the first ever public test of the Electric GT racing car at the inaugural Day of Light at Pau E-Circuit on November 18.

“Not only do Bcomp’s rnatural fibre panels give us increased performance in terms of damping and stiffness, the company has also assisted us in achieving a 20% weight saving compared to the road-going production version of this car,” said Electric GT CEO Mark Gemmell. “That is quite staggering.

“In addition to the performance characteristics these materials offer, we are also working with Bcomp to develop our secret weapon –  bespoke LED arrays within the fibre composite panels, so that the cars will have the capability to display key information to the watching crowd and viewers at home.

“From race numbers to race telemetry, energy levels and even biometric feedback from the drivers, the possibilities are endless and this is just the start of how we bring fans to the heart of the racing action.”

“At Bcomp, we’re really excited about the global shift towards clean, sustainable mobility,” said Christian Fischer, CEO at Bcomp. “Our goal is to contribute with our lightweight, high-performance renewable materials, and EGT offers the perfect platform to show to the world how the future mobility will look.

“When you meet like-minded people, things can go really fast. Just like us, Electric GT wants to explore the new opportunities of technology and push boundaries, which is how the idea of integrating LED arrays into our translucent body panels was born.”

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