Project launched to half the weight of car exhaust pipes

A project to cut the weight of car exhausts in half is being supported by a grant from the Niche Vehicle Network's Research and Development Programme. Experts from JSE-UK, Unipart Eberspächer and Coventry University - in conjunction with a local high-performance vehicle manufacturer - plan to design and make exhaust systems weighing just 20kg through an intense six-month project.

Manufacturing will take place at the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering in Coventry after funding for the R&D project was secured. The new system could be used in cars in 2015.

Marcus Henry, principal engineer at Unipart Eberspächer, said major reductions could be made to the weight of exhausts without adding cost – and predicted the eyes of the automotive world would be on the results.

He said: "We have a vision for the future with lightweight exhausts and that future means they can reduce the overall vehicle mass by over 1%, which is very significant in vehicle terms.

"The new exhaust will be made lighter using advanced stainless steel material to produce parts that are lighter than those made in titanium, the current material of choice for lightweighting."


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