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Lexus LFA sports cars to be made from CFRP materials
Dec '09
Toho Tenax, the core company of the Teijin Group's carbon fiber business, announced today that its carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) has been adopted for the cabin and various components of the Lexus LFA, a new Lexus "F" premium sports car series Toyota Motors unveiled at this year's Tokyo Motor Show and will begin marketing at the end of 2010.

A total of 65 percent of the Lexus LFA's cabin will be made with CFRP, enabling the cabin to weigh 100 kilograms less than a comparable aluminum cabin, yet still maintaining high rigidity. CFRP also will be used for the diffuser, speed-controlled rear wing and interior components, contributing to the vehicle's considerable weight savings. Toho Tenax supplies its materials to most of the CFRP components used in the Lexus LFA.

Toho Tenax developed the components in cooperation with Toyota group companies, parts manufacturers and the Teijin Composite Innovation Center (TCIC). The new components represent important steps forward in the use of carbon fiber for core automotive components.

By 2020, around four million electric vehicles and other environmentally friendly next-generation automobiles are expected to be on the market. As the market steadily shifts towards these environmentally-aware vehicles, robust demand is envisioned for high-rigidity, ultra-lightweight carbon fiber composite materials, such as those offered by Toho Tenax.

Going forward, Toho Tenax will collaborate with TCIC to further develop carbon fiber composite materials and related technologies, placing a focus on automotive applications targeted at both high-end and mass-production vehicles.

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