Lighter and more resistant vehicle components

ContiTech has developed two products to help improve components in passenger cars. "Both new developments offer significant added value for our customers in the automotive industry," said Kai Peters, head of the Sealing Systems Chassis segment. "They deliver innovative solutions for extending the service life of the vehicle components and further reducing weight."

A torque clutch made from carbon-fibre-reinforced polyamide is one of the products. The weight of this component is less than half that of previous variants. This helps to reduce the overall weight of the vehicle, reducing fuel consumption as a result. The assembly also contains components made from thermoplastic polyurethane. This combination is said to make the torque clutch abrasion-resistant. The material reduces wear throughout the service life of the component.

ContiTech has also launched a protective gaiter for premium-class passenger cars. Attached inside the wheel arch, it protects the vehicle's air suspension against stone impact, thereby extending the suspension's service life. The main component of the gaiter is thermoplastic polyurethane. It is claimed to be more flexible and has greater rebound strength than the standard material made from thermoplastic polymers.

Tom Austin-Morgan

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