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The Deep Orange 6, a next-generation Toyota concept vehicle

News International-French

14 Apr 2016

By using TeXtreme carbon fabrics in its door panels, rear hatch, dashboard, and bumpers and cladding, significant weight savings, improved mechanical performance and superior surface smoothness was achieved.

The Deep Orange 6, “a next-generation Toyota concept vehicle” developed and engineered by students from Clemson University, has been unveiled at the SAE International 2016 World Congress and Exhibition in Detroit, MI. By using TeXtreme carbon fabrics in its door panels, rear hatch, dashboard, and bumpers and cladding, significant weight savings, improved mechanical performance and superior surface smoothness was achieved.

Car designers face many challenges when working on new designs and are always searching for new ways to make future designs faster and stronger, while still achieving better emissions performance. Therefore, composites have never been more relevant to today’s automotive industry. Automakers see the advantages of carbon fiber and how it can reduce the weight of conventional vehicles.

“With our exposed CFRP interior components on Deep Orange 6, it was a high priority to use a woven carbon fiber fabric with a unique weave pattern. Textreme’s materials exceeded our expectations, as it has given us a beautiful finish on the interior, is a high quality product that is easy to lay up without distorting the weave, and the spread tow tapes leave a very smooth finish on the final part.” Said Dr. Johnell Brooks, an associate professor in Clemson University’s graduate Department of Automotive Engineering