SuperLIGHT-CAR introduction

SuperLIGHT-CAR is a collaborative Research & Development project co-funded by the European Commission under the 6th Framework Programme. In SuperLIGHT-CAR, 38 leading organizations from 9 european countries work together to bring lightweight automotive technologies closer to high volume car production.
SuperLIGHT-CAR has a multi-material philosophy, striving to use for each part the best material and manufacturing processes in terms of weight and cost minimization, while fulfilling a wide range of automotive requirements in areas such as stiffness, crash performance, fatigue and corrosion resistance, etc.

The core driving force for SuperLIGHT-CAR has been from the start a group of seven European car makers: Volkswagen (as coordinator), Fiat Research Centre, Opel, Renault, Volvo Technology Centre, Porsche and Daimler. These, together with top level organizations from science (e.g. Fraunhofer Institutes, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt or Commisariat à l´énergie atomique) as well as the supplier industry (e.g. Arcelor, Hydro, Corus or Comau), have defined the SuperLIGHT-CAR approach. The project has an ambitious objective; it aims to deliver the technologies and design concepts that would allow up to 30% weight reduction in the C-class car models of the  future generations, while respecting the very demanding cost restrictions of such popular models. SuperLIGHT-CAR coordinates with other major RTD projects co-funded under the 6th Framework Programme through the EUCAR umbrella (EUCAR: European Council for Automotive Research).

The precompetitive achievements of SuperLIGHT-CAR applied in series production beyond 2010 will serve a basis to save millions of tons fuel respectively carbon dioxide due to significantly reduced vehicle weight.