German sports car manufacturer Porsche showed off its new body kit made from a natural fiber blend derived from renewable raw materials.
Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer Porsche has an interesting body kit for the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR, which will compete in this year’s 24-hour Nürburgring race . What makes this body kit interesting is the materials it is made from, as the German company says it is the first to make the entire body kit from natural fibers .
Stating that the material used in the body kit is a natural fiber mixture obtained from renewable raw materials , Porsche used materials made from natural components instead of metal and plastic in the front and rear bumper, fender, front spoiler and many other parts of the new racing car.
Porsche’s body kit made of renewable raw materials:
Linen fiber forms the basis of the sustainable natural fiber material Porsche uses in its new racing car. Another balsa -based component in the racing car’s doors and rear wing functions as the core of the material. The German company started developing the material in 2016 in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
Natural fiber-based materials absorb vibrations better than components like plastic and carbon fiber , according to Porsche . The company also states that the body kit made of renewable raw materials has similar characteristics to carbon fiber components in terms of weight and stiffness, and meets the same safety and quality standards .
In the past, many other automakers have tried to inject natural fibers into the production process. In 1941, when industrialists were concerned about the steel shortage, Henry Ford promoted a car whose body panels were largely made of hemp , but this vehicle never went into production.
The East Germany-made Trabants , which were first produced in 1957, hold the title of being the first automobile made with recycled material. In those years, the bodywork of the vehicle was made of duroplast material obtained from cotton waste from Russia and the waste of the paint industry of East Germany .