As a result, the technologies are introduced into mandatory parts and the technical regulations to enable a direct material changeover from carbon fibre to natural fibres on further applications.
The Swiss cleantech Bcomp develops market leading technologies for sustainable lightweighting in racing, road cars and even space.
Johann Wacht, Manager Motorsport at Bcomp says:
“Being a technical partner of the DTM allows us to showcase the full potential of our innovative natural fibre technologies on the highest engineering level of touring car racing.”
Layla Wagener, Specialist Sport and Engineering at DTM, the technology match, highlights:
“With a high exposure to contacts, the DTM shoebox is a typical motorsport bodywork wear part which needs to be replaced or repaired after almost every race. With Bcomp’s natural fibre technologies we achieve the same weight as with carbon fibre while additionally taking advantage of the anti-splintering and environmental benefits. It is an ideal start to introduce Bcomp’s sustainable lightweighting solutions.”
Thanks to Bcomp’s patented powerRibs reinforcement grid, the newly introduced natural fibre parts have the same weight as the previously used carbon fibre parts, while significantly lowering the eco-footprint, improving cost-efficiency, and eliminating the risk of sharp carbon fibre debris.
“The mission of the DTM “Laut. Nah. Dran.” – in English: “Loud. Close. Accessible.” can be transferred to our partnership. For us, motorsport needs to be loud in the sense of proofing that the sport can deliver solutions to tackle the unprecedented challenges of climate change. We are proud to collaborate closely with the DTM to make our sustainable innovations accessible to the large-scale automotive market. We “feel the roar” of the DTM and will use this passion to provide benefits to the society.”