All-New Ford Eco Sport SUV Adorns Bees Inspire Lightweight, Strong Honeycomb Cargo Shelf

March 06 2017

Honeycomb is one of several useful details that make Eco Sport a highly functional package in a vehicle just smaller than Ford Escape. The adjustable floorboard will debut as an all-new feature when Eco Sport arrives early next year.

Resin-reinforced honeycomb has a truly phenomenal strength-to-weight ratio, underscoring Eco Sport’s capability to go small but live big. The shelf weighs a scant six pounds, yet it is rated to handle nearly 700 pounds across a 38.5-inch by 25.25-inch surface.

To create the adjustable floorboard for the all-new Ford Eco Sport, a layer of hexagon-shaped cells made of 100 percent recycled paper and water-based glue is sandwiched between two layers of composite material. It’s able to hold more than 100 times its six pound weight in cargo.

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