Automotive Press Release) The number of specialty car
models and derivatives on the worldwide car markets is increasing.
Cars are made for even more narrowly limited target groups, and
therefore the number of small series cars is increasing.
Deviation of the body architecture of the main stream models is
typical for these vehicles. Advanced light-weight materials such as
aluminum and carbon fiber are often utilized. The yearly production
volumes start from some thousands of units. The big challenge for
the OEMs is to serve well the customers looking for individuality,
without disturbing the efficiency of higher volume production.
Valmet Automotive has excellent operational readiness to serve the
OEMs on this growing market segment. Also with smaller volumes the
OEM customer can profit from the volume production benefits, like
cost efficiency and constant high quality.
The RaceAbout 2005 sports car is presented on the Valmet Automotive
stand at the Geneva Motor Show as an example of what a modern small
series sports car could be. It is a sporty roadster with an all-
aluminum monocoque, honeycomb floor pan, stainless steel sub-frames
and ultra-light carbon fiber panels. The light-weight body structure
was a distinctive target in the engineering of the car.
The RaceAbout 2005 was designed and assembled by Finnish automotive
engineering and design students at the Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia
and at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. Valmet Automotive
has been a major partner in the project.
Valmet Automotive continuously cooperates with research and
educational institutes. This lays ground for future innovations and
promotes the development of local automotive industry knowledge. At
the same time it ensures the availability of well-skilled
engineering workforce also in the future.