CAAHS project shortlisted
The Carbon Aluminium Automotive Hybrid Structures (CAAHS) project has been shortlisted within the Manufacturing Technology category for The Engineer's Collaborate to Innovate Awards 2018, now in its third year, and is a celebration of collaboration highlighting the strength and depth of UK engineering innovation.
The CAAHS project – a part funded two year programme through the Innovate UK framework – has been a research based collaboration between five automotive partners, led by Gordon Murray Design, Constellium, Brunel University London, Innoval Technology and Bentley Motors. The major construction challenges of the project have been overcome and initial crash testing of the BIW structure is planned for mid November 2018. Due for completion at the end of November 2018, the project is on course to exceed expectations. The technology has delivered a weight saving of 35% compared to the current iStream solution (based on steel and glass fibre composites) and translates into a saving of 50% over conventional pressed steel BIW construction. iStream Superlight, as the technology is referred to, is anticipated to be the predominate technology offered by Gordon Murray Design to its clients in the future and is already the basis of several vehicle programmes being undertaken.
The project aims to take another major step with the disruptive iStream technology for a new generation of lightweight vehicles for the UK market that can have a major impact on the UK government's carbon reduction targets for the UK vehicle fleet.
The ultimate winners of C2I 2018 will be announced on November 6th at the historic St Bart's Brewery in London.
What the judges have said:
'At Frazer-Nash, we know that effective collaboration and the development of innovative solutions is vital in today's increasingly competitive markets. We're delighted to support a competition that recognises the achievements of effective partnerships and the value that innovation delivers to the UK economy.' Bill Hodson, board director, Frazer-Nash Consultancy
'I found the level of collaboration quite astonishing – the other thing that comes out is the cross-fertilisation of techniques and technologies from one sector to another.' John Halton, director business & industry, Engineering UK
Professor Gordon Murray, chairman at Gordon Murray Design said of the award, 'It is a great honour for the CAAHS consortium that the CAAHS project has been shortlisted for The Engineer's Collaborate to Innovate Awards 2018. For me personally, the most important message is the recognition that we need innovation in both technical and business sectors to help the UK take the lead in the new 'green' industrial revolution that is taking place in the automotive industry.'