ContiTech and BASF Reach New Milestone in Lightweight Construction
First plastic transmission cross beam developed € AVK Innovation Award for new component in BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo 550i € Close development partnership between BMW, BASF and ContiTech
The transmission cross beam - a structural component designed to withstand high stressing - is the direct link to the enginetransmission mount. It contributes to the overall rigidity of the vehicle and supports the forces and torque of the enginetransmission unit. ContiTech produces the component from exceptionally strong polyamide in an injection molding process. With the help of BASF's ULTRASIMTM development instrument, it was possible to reduce the weight by 1 kg compared to the same component made of metal - a milestone in lightweight car construction. In addition to weight reduction, development focused on optimum vehicle acoustics and crash safety. As proven by elaborate testing, these two goals were achieved.
Furthermore, the developers managed to ideally adapt the component to the available installation space. The plastic transmission cross beam also fully satisfies the high temperature requirements that result from the proximity to the exhaust system. Another advantage is better recyclability. ContiTech thus contributes to sustainability with this product as well.
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