The steel industry, which last week unveiled the results of the Ultra Light Steel Auto Body project, is to run two further projects in its attempt to fight off competition from lighter metals.
Ulsab was a project in which 35 steel companies got together to show how modern steel technology could be used to reduce the weight of a steel car body while improving performance and without increasing its cost.
The two new initiatives are Ulsac, Ultra Light Steel Auto Closures, which will investigate the potential for weight saving in doors, bonnets, boot lids and tailgates; and Ulsas which will look at suspension.
Both projects are under way, with Porsche Engineering, consultant to Ulsab, working on the closures project, and Lotus Engineering as consultant on the suspension.
First results will be revealed at the International Body Engineering Conference in Detroit in October.
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