Posts Tagged "carbon"

Trend: skeletal roofs

Posted by cdnlive March 1st, 2011

Do two examples of a design approach constitute a trend? Perhaps not, but we were struck by the conspicuous use of carbon fibre in many of the concept cars shown in Geneva, and what this appears to be allowing in terms of roof design.

Notably, the Mini Rocketman and Renault Captur both employ an approach which sees the normal transverse placement of strengthening members between a, b or c pillars replaced by a star-like format, with the cross-members meeting in the middle. On the Mini, they form elements of the traditional Union Jack flag roof, in the Renault, the elements twist back into a central spine that runs back through the car.

Joe Simpson

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