Nottingham based Amber Composites has announced that it has been chose as supplier for the primary structure for a tier-1 car maker. Without confirming the maker directly, the image shown alongside the press release on the company's news page strongly hints this is to be the Alfa Romeo 4C sports coupe as previewed at the 2011 Geneva auto show.
According to Amber composites they have supplied prototype and homologation material since 2011 and series production will begin in 2013.
As part of the project, Adler Plastics, a leading Tier-1 automotive supplier, and Amber Composites have worked together to establish a supply chain able to supply mid-volume composite solutions to the automotive industry worldwide. The first vehicle, expected to be in production for at least five years, is viewed as a starting point for the companies.
“We are proud to supply material for one of the first mid-volume automotive projects where the entire chassis is built from carbon fiber”, said Andrew Dugmore, Sales Director for Amber Composites. And working closely with a Tier 1 supplier like Adler helps us to develop the products and processes that the automotive industry requires.”
Amber Composites is a manufacturer of composite materials for high-performance, lightweight structures. Its materials are used in motorsport, automotive, aerospace, communications, marine and wind energy applications.
Adler Plastics is based at Villastellone near Turin and has a client list includes that already includes Alfa Romeo, as well as many other car makers.
Minimum weight for maximum performance
According to Alfa Romeo, the Alfa Romeo 4C two seater coupé weighs less than 850kg, offering a significant reduction in weight which makes for agility and handling on the most challenging roads.
Carbon fibre is the material around which all the performance parameters have been defined: in particular, the chassis supports a body crafted completely from carbon, inside which there is space for the driver and passenger, while the rear frame structure and the crash boxes make extensive use of aluminium. This results in exceptional agility with a weight/power ratio of less than 4 kg/HP.
Claimed acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is less than 5 seconds.