BMW iVentures takes a stake in Bcomp: sustainability is key
BMW expects new approaches from the cooperation, especially for sports versions and racing vehicles, but the series vehicles of the future should also become more sustainable with the help of Bcomp knowledge. At the same time, the motorsport partnership that has existed for three years will be expanded and Bcomp will become the official partner for the use of the new BMW M4 GT4.
Nature serves as a model for 3D structures
Inspired by natural leaf veins, the reinforcement solution developed by Bcomp on various components of the vehicle ensures maximum rigidity with minimum weight by creating a 3D structure on one side of a thin-walled shell element. This allows for the use of less material and a reduction in weight, cost and consumables in production.
The CO2 emissions drop enormously
Other reinforcements developed by the Swiss engineers feature a visible layer of flax fibers that replace the traditional cover material in a CO2-neutral manner. In this way, up to 70 percent of the plastic used in interior paneling can be saved, and CO2 emissions in production are reduced by up to 60 percent.
“In order to reduce CO2 emissions for the entire vehicle fleet, the BMW Group not only keeps an eye on the usage phase, but also pays attention to energy-saving processes during production. An innovative selection and composition of materials is an important step on our way to climate neutrality.” , explains Florian Preuss, BMW Group Head of Complete Vehicle Development.