Image By: Fiat Auto SpA Carbon fiber is featured in the interior of Alfa Romeo's new 4C sports car, as well as making up the monocoque chassis. The 4C will mark Alfa's return to the U.S.
Key to the 4C’s low weight is its one-piece monocoque chassis of carbon fiber composite pre-impregnated material. With exposed carbon fiber details visible from the car’s interior, the monocoque weighs in at only 65 kilograms (143 pounds), according to brand owner Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, now incorporated in the Netherlands.
Adler Group, Italian manufacturer of the 4C’s carbon fiber chassis, recently announced an exclusive supply agreement with Dutch thermoset and thermoplastic composites supplier TenCate Advanced Composites for the use of their E700 series carbon fiber material, produced in Langley Mill, England. The companies are working to enable local production of the material as well, according the company .
TenCate also supplies products for the automotive, aerospace and medical industries. Adler produces components and systems for transportation, including automotive, trains and naval, according to the release.