Aluminum Shines in Military Vehicles.
Durable aluminum is not only making strong headway in the automotive industry – it’s lending its strong hand to the U.S. Army, helping protect our protectors. Aluminum played a star role in an episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage” (March 2013) that featured the U.S. Army’s rugged Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED). The FED sports a low-weight aluminum structure, armoring, and underbody blast shield that gives troops an edge. Vehicle capability, mobility, protection and durability are increased, and a significant fuel efficiency increase over the current fleet is realized. In fact, the vehicle demonstrated 70 percent fuel efficiency improvement, which was driven primarily by integral aluminum armor/frame and powertrain components in place of steel.
Meet the World's First All-Aluminum SUV
Land Rover broke new ground by being first to offer consumers the advantages of an all-aluminum SUV in the all-new Range Rover.
According to Land Rover, "The all-aluminum unibody structure is 39 percent lighter than the steel body in the outgoing model. This enables a total vehicle weight savings of up to 926lbs, depending on market and specifications. The US specification vehicle with the naturally-aspirated 5-liter V8 will be approximately 700lbs lighter than the outgoing equivalent. This new aluminum platform delivers significant enhancements in performance and agility, along with an improvement in fuel economy and reduction in CO2 emissions. In addition to the strong and rigid aluminum body, an all-new aluminum front and rear chassis architecture has been developed and paired with a with completely re-engineered four-corner air suspension. The luxurious ride has been retained, while the vehicle's handling and agility have been sharpened. The new suspension architecture delivers flatter, more confident cornering abilities, with a natural and intuitive steering feel."
On and Off Road, Aluminum Proves Its Mettle
Aluminum proved itself tough enough for the U.S. military, which selected the high strength, highly crash absorbent metal for the HMMWV, HEMTT, and Bradley Fighting Vehicle to reduce weight, resist rust and be reliable in some of the toughest environments on the planet. If the metal can do that job, just think how it can hold up in civilian pickups and SUVs that bump over rugged terrain… or even how it can help family cars that cruise along smooth highways.
Award Winning Durability: Ram 1500
At NAIAS 2013, the aluminum-hooded Ram 1500 won the prestigious North American Truck of the Year title. With an aluminum hood, the Ram 1500 is more fuel efficient, while maintaining its durability and safety. The award-winning truck also made an appearance during this year’s superbowl ads, check out the “God Made a Farmer” advertisement.
Tough Tundra Hauls Space Shuttle, Aluminum Helps
The aluminum driveshaft is the backbone in the Toyota Tundra’s historic journey hauling the 290,000 pound Space Shuttle Endeavor across a bridge in Los Angeles, to its new home at the California Science Center. Check out this patriotic moment for aluminum, and watch the commercial here.
Aluminum is built to last.
Aluminum Durability Advantages:
- Long lasting and rust resistant, aluminum reduces the need for rust repair and increases a vehicle’s lifespan.
- Aluminum components are strong enough to face a broad spectrum of challenges, from rugged consumer applications to tough military applications.
- Aluminum components are typically 50% lighter, yet provide more structural stiffness than the heavier components they replace.
- Most aluminum alloys are engineered for extended service life.