US company Callaway Cars is famous for its modification of Chevrolet vehicles. One of its flagship models is the Callaway AeroWagen, a shooting brake version of the Corvette sports car. The AeroWagen hatch assembly is a part-for-part replacement of the original equipment Corvette rear hatch, using the original hardware and latching mechanisms. This results both in the sleek bodyline of the car and a significant increase in cargo area volume.
Package components include assemblies of bonded carbon fibre mouldings manufactured by Callaway Carbon. The master models for the mould are CNC machined from RAKU TOOL MB-0600. Following the application of the sealer and release agent to the model surface, the production mould is produced using the RAKU TOOL EL-2203 / EH-2970 epoxy resin infusion system and carbon fibre. The final composite parts are also produced via resin infusion with RAKU TOOL EL-2203 / EH-2970. The viscosity of RAKU TOOL EL-2203 / EH-2970 and room temperature processing allow for easy production via resin infusion and guarantee extremely consistent laminate thicknesses for minimal variables between production parts.
Post curing in batches aids high-volume production and does not tie up moulds.
“Callaway and RAMPF have been working together for a long time and we value each other’s passion for perfection,” states Mark Davidson, Division Manager for Tooling Material at RAMPF Group. “We are ecstatic that we have been able to be part of this project and we look forward to future ones.”
Industries: Automotive and Road Transportation