Teijin Limited has announced that carbon fibre sheet pre-impregnated with matrix resin, or prepreg, made by Toho Tenax Co. Ltd, the core company of the Teijin Group’s carbon fibres and composites business, is used in the lightweight body of an electric racing car operated by TEAM Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles (APEV) with Monster Sport.
The advanced electric car is participating in the ongoing race in the world-famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, US, held from June 22 to 28, 2015.
The racing team is a joint project of APEV and Tajima Motor Corporation Co. Ltd. The electric racing car is called the 2015 Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One.
Tajima Motor, which produced its electric racing car for this historic race, is a motor sports leader. Toho Tenax collaborated with Tajima Motor in using its prepreg to help improve the racecar’s safety, design flexibility, and weight reduction, Teijin said on its website.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a time-honoured car race held in the Rocky Mountains on Pike’ Peak. The course runs towards the summit of the mountain, making a vertical climb of 1,439 meters.
Teijin Group has been accelerating its carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) business, particularly in response to the fast-growing demand for lightweight automotive bodies. (GK)