TenCate is the composite technology partner of the Valkyrie programme, supplying advanced composite materials for a range of applications throughout the car, including structural, cosmetic and high-temperature components. This is the first advanced composite material partnership for Aston Martin.
TenCate’s Expert Services team has worked closely with Aston Martin to ensure the best possible composite material solution for the programme, developing custom material forms where needed to best meet application demands. The Valkyrie is built around a lightweight carbon fibre structure and boasts radical aerodynamics for unprecedented levels of downforce in a road-legal car.
To support the programme, TenCate will supply a full material solution with the provision of surfacing films, film adhesives, honeycomb core and its heritage TenCate AmberTool composite tooling prepregs. Materials will be supplied from TenCate’s European Centre of Excellence for thermoset systems, Langley Mill, UK.
“The extraordinary targets we have set ourselves for the Aston Martin Valkyrie require us to select partners with exceptional technical capabilities and products,” says David King, Vice President and Chief Special Operations Officer at Aston Martin. “In TenCate Advanced Composites we have found a partner with the skillset and the mindset to join us in meeting the challenges of developing and producing what will undoubtedly be the defining hypercar of its generation.”
“We’re thrilled to have been selected as the technology partner to work with Aston Martin on what is a truly remarkable programme,” states Scott Unger, Chief Technology Officer at TenCate Advanced Composites. “TenCate has very strong technical positions in Formula 1 motorsport and high performance automotive markets, which coupled with our technical support, responsiveness and expertise make us the ideal partner of choice for the Aston Martin Valkyrie programme.”
TenCate will be discussing the partnership at the Advanced Engineering show in Birmingham, UK, on 31 October (Booth N95) and Composites Europe, 6-8 November in Stuttgart, Germany (Booth 7/C65).
Companies: Advanced Composites
Industries: Automotive and Road Transportation