Briggs Automotive Company (BAC), better known for creating a single-seater road going track toy called the Mono, appears to be making moves to further develop the materials that will go onto their future vehicles. Having been recently given a grant by the Niche Vehicle Network to develop Graphene for automotive use, BAC’s vehicles will now become a test bed for the new lightweight material.
Working together with Haydale Composite Solutions and Pentaxia Composites, BAC’s drive to pursue further development of Graphene for mass-production comes following their successful use of the material on the BAC Mono. Back in 2016, BAC was the first company to apply Graphene towards automotive applications by infusing it into the Carbon Fiber composite of the Mono’s rear wheel arches.
Graphene is made of sheets of carbon just one atom thick and is significantly lighter than standard carbon fiber. It’s also stronger than carbon fibre and steel, meaning that it can supposedly bring weight reductions of around 20% without hindering panel strength.
BAC’s research aims to bring benefits to vehicle manufacturing by reducing weight, CO2 emissions, and cycle times during manufacturing. With the Mono as their test bed, the target is to reduce weight by 10% and drop cycle times by as much as 25%.
“We are delighted to have received this Niche Vehicle Network funding and are excited to get started on this production-readiness project with our partners Haydale and Pentaxia. Niche vehicle manufacturers are of paramount importance in the automotive industry, acting as stepping stones for mass-market production technology – which is where we aim to place our graphene-enhanced composite body panels in the near future," said Neill Briggs, co-founder and Director of Product Development at BAC.