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A carbon chassis used for the Yamaha 'Sports Ride Concept' sports car project

News International-French

11 Nov 2015

The 'Sports Ride Concept' is an in house Yamaha concept design based on an iStream carbon chassis developed at Gordon Murray Design working with the Yamaha team.

Gordon Murray Design launches iStream Carbon for automotive manufacturing.

iStream Carbon affordable high volume carbon fibre chassis structure bringing Formula One materials and technology within reach of the everyday motorist. This concept aims to set new standards in the automotive industry for chassis light weighting, rigidity and safety.

iStream Carbon is derived directly from Gordon Murray Design's iStream Manufacturing System.

This technology offers manufacturers:

  • A lightweight chassis system without the cost increases associated with all current light weighting technologies
  • A large reduction in capital investment
  • A significant reduction in manufacturing energy
  • New levels of product flexibility from a single platform
  • New levels of chassis rigidity and durability and corrosion resistance
  • New levels of safety

The new system replaces the glass content in iStream with carbon fibre which offers even more performance for lightweight and rigidity.

Gordon Murray Design Limited has been developing iStream Carbon for the last 2 years with partners Toray Industries, Innovate UK and ELG, and the process is now fully industrialised.

Unlike any other carbon fibre chassis technology, it is a fully mechanised system with a cycle time of just 100 seconds. iStream Carbon is true Formula One racing technology utilising two carbon skins sandwiching a honeycomb core, unlike many expensive handmade supercars which employ monolithic (single skin carbon panels).

iStream and iStream Carbon can cater with annual production volumes between 1,000 and 350,000 units per year at a cycle time of 100 seconds and can reduce capital investment by up to 80% reducing manufacturing energy by up to 60% whilst offering new levels of rigidity, corrosion resistance, safety, durability and low cost light weighting.

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