This program is the first time Class A and structural components have been implemented on a production vehicle resulting in a 150 pound weight reduction over the previous Dodge Viper.
Plasan designed, developed, and implemented the first production clamshell hood within 12 months earning the following recognition at the 2012 SPE Awards:
• 2012 SPE Body Exterior Award Winner
• 2012 SPE Vehicle Engineering Award Winner
This product was originally designed as an aluminum component. Plasan worked with the Chrysler Advanced Engineering Team to design and implement an exposed weave carbon fiber option that reduces the part weight 50% while maintaining stiffness.
|Project Part||Weight Before||Weight After|
|Front Splitter||~ 38 lbs.||24 lbs.|
|Hood Fender Assembly||~100 lbs.||38 lbs.|
|Roof Assembly||~ 80 lbs.||27 lbs.|
|Lift Gate Assembly||~ 40 lbs.||9 lbs.|
|Extreme Wing||~ 35 lbs.||13 lbs.|
|Dive Planes||2.5 lbs.||1.5 lbs.|
|X-Brace||6 lbs.||3.04 lbs|
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