Renewable Matter # 08 / January-February

Cars: Design's Love Affair with New Materials

by Marco Capellini

Bamboo, cork, flax, wool and wood. But also tomato skins. These are just some of the materials that car manufacturers are experimenting with to make cars more efficient, lighter and to cut fuel consumption.


New vehicles design is increasingly searching for performance solutions linked to materials and fuel consumption. On the one hand, there is the need for continuously improving engine efficiency in order to cut fuel consumption and reduce CO2 emissions. On the other, finding lighter high-performance materials to reduce vehicles’ weight. Fuel consumption and materials, a...

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