Hyundai Files Patent for CFRP Front End

October 16 2017

Hyundai has filed a patent to develop its next-generation cars with a front chassis structure made with CFRP. The use of CFRP could greatly help Hyundai's new N-Performance brand to reduce weight and increase performance in the likes of the upcoming Hyundai i20 N which would help them take on the hot hatchbacks from other manufacturers.

The patent describes using CFRP to form the cross member for the cowl and the body pillars of a vehicle. The company would braid the two CFRP parts together, which integrates so that there’s better structural rigidity. To make the CFRP components even stronger, Hyundai might form the parts so that they have a polygonal cross-section, rather than a simpler, rectangular shape.

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