Aluminum Drives Performance to New Heights
Tesla Model S. Audi R8. Jaguar F-Type. Porsche 911. Acura NSX. Ferrari 458 Italia. The winning secret for these and other performance-packed cars is not just under the hood… it’s under the paint.
When highly exacting engineers perfected these vehicles to be leaders in their respective segments, they didn’t start with carbon fiber and they certainly didn’t use steel. They selected advanced aluminum body designs to decrease weight and increase performance. Aluminum simply builds a better car.
All other factors equal, cars designed to be lighter with aluminum accelerate quicker, brake in shorter distances and handle corners better than their heavier, less-efficient counterparts. Decades of success in designing high performance luxury vehicles for the most discerning drivers is being applied to high-volume sedans, pickup trucks, SUVs and even minivans because every vehicle benefits from the optimized performance that aluminum delivers.
Aluminum is Efficient… Plus a Whole Lot More
- Jaguar’s first-ever compact SUV, the F-Pace, is performance packed and designed to offer an exhilarating driving experience with the help of its aluminum architecture. Agile, responsive and sporty, the bodysides of the F-Pace are formed from a single sheet of aluminum. Watch as F-PACE defies gravity and showcases its rigid structure and exceptional performance.
- If there’s an electric car that has earned bragging rights in the performance arena, it’s the aluminum-bodied Tesla Model S. Using aluminum, the Model S counters heavy electric battery weight to offer exhilarating performance behind the wheel. In fact, the Tesla Model S P85D sedan “performed better in our tests than any other car ever has,” said Consumer Reports in Oct. 2015. Watch as WIRED magazine explains how the Model S achieves speeds usually reserved for the world’s supercars.
Aluminum’s Performance Advantages
- All other factors equal, vehicles made lighter with aluminum accelerate faster, brake in shorter distances and handle better.
- Reducing weight with aluminum enables the use of small, yet powerful, turbocharged engines and fuel-efficient multi-speed transmissions.
- The rigidity of aluminum structures gives drivers a better feel for the road and provides more rapid and precise control.
- Aluminum allows vehicles to deliver better stability and response.
- Aluminum’s mechanical properties, design flexibility and range of fabrication alternatives allows designers to engineer optimum shape and performance for each specific application.