Novi, Mich. — General Motors Co.'s use of composites on the new Chevrolet Corvette equals a "winning equation" for the automaker, according to Edward Moss, GM's engineering group manager for Corvette body structures.
The mixed materials — ranging from structural carbon fiber and sheet molding compound, among others — give the eighth-generation Corvette a lightweight advantage, performance for a value and "a lot of flexibility," Moss said.
"We think the proof is in the value of the car," he said during a morning keynote at the Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition, held Sept. 4-6 in Novi. ACCE is jointly sponsored by the Society of Plastics Engineers' automotive and composites divisions.
While the 2020 Stingray maintains Corvette's use of an aluminum frame, the midengine sports car has SMC and carbon fiber underbody components and exterior SMC body panels. The new model also boasts what GM says is the automotive industry's first curved, multihollow pultruded carbon fiber bumper beam.