New Audi A8 and BMW i8 Roadster at Los Angeles Auto Show

December 04 2017

Los Angeles Auto Show (December 1-10, 2017) will be the launching point for a number of new vehicle models, including many featuring composite materials. Among the most highly anticipated models making their debuts are Audi’s fourth-generation A8 and BMW’s i8 Roadster.

For the 2019 model of the A8, Audi is employing a mix of four materials – CFRP composites, aluminum, steel and magnesium, in the body structure, known as the Audi Space Frame (ASF). While most of the car will be made of different alloys, carbon fiber will be used to strengthen certain areas while keeping weight down, such as in the B-pillars and the rear panel of the vehicle. The CFRP rear panel is the largest component in the occupant cell of the A8.

According to Audi, the CFRP rear panel comprises 33 percent of the torsional rigidity of the total vehicle. In order to ensure the vehicle can absorb loads and shearing forces, between six and 19 fiber layers are placed on top of each other.

Carbon fiber composites will also play a critical role in the new i8 Roadster. The single-piece carbon fiber passenger cell will contribute to the vehicle’s rigidity and dynamics.

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