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Leonardo da Vinci, Helsinki Award 2006, Design and execution: Gerold Fink, Austria. Click to open PDF document about this award

Leonardo Da Vinci Helsinki Award 2006

Leonardo da Vinci, Helsinki Award 2006, Design and execution: Gerold Fink, Austria. Click to open PDF document about this award

Bronze medal for an outstanding project promoting and supporting the LifeLong Learning EU policy. Award Berlin 2007

 
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Aluminium in the Car Body - Introduction I
Jaguar XJ BIW

Jaguar XJ Body-In-White

The Body-In-White (BIW) is the complete assembled body shell, ready for painting, as illustrated for the Jaguar XJ, and schematically for the Audi A8 (missing doors, trunk and hood to expose also the frame and car floor).

The car-body constitutes the largest fraction of mass of a standard high volume car. Replacing steel by aluminium can reduce the body mass by around 40 %. There are "all-aluminium" car-bodies, such as the examples shown (Audi A8 and Jaguar XJ) and the latest development is the hybrid car-body, combining aluminium and steel, brought to market by the BMW 5 series. In many new cars of various brands, it is common the use aluminium for example for the car bonnet to lighten specifically the front of the vehicle.

  Panel
  Extrusion
  Casting
Laser seam
Audi A8 Body-In-White

Some examples of European cars containing aluminium body-parts (not exhaustive):

  • Mercedes E & S class
  • BMW 5 & 7 series
  • Peugot 307 & 607
  • Renault Laguna
  • VW Lupo Eco version
  • Citroën C5
  • Volvo V70 & S60 & S80
  • Landrover Discover
  • Range Rover
  • Audi

BMW Hybrid design with Aluminium front

BMW Hybrid design with Aluminium front; Source: BMW

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