Teijin carbon fiber used in Japanese solar car for World Solar Challenge

Teijin's Toho Tenax business unit supplied its Tenax carbon fiber to Kogakuin University for the manufacture of a solar-powered car that will compete in the World Solar Challenge Oct. 6-13.

The Teijin Group (Tokyo, Japan) announced on July 25 that Toho Tenax Co., Ltd., the core company of the group’s carbon fibers and composites business, and GH Craft Ltd., also a member of the Teijin Group, have supported Japan’s Kogakuin University in developing a car made with carbon fiber composites for the World Solar Challenge, the world’s biggest solar car race, which will take place in Australia Oct. 6-13.

The Teijin Group supplied ultra-lightweight fabric made with Tenax carbon fiber, which was used to design and fabricate the carbon fiber composite car body. GH Craft has been involved from the concept design stage to develop the innovative solar car’s all-carbon composite body.

Toho Tenax, together with Sakai Ovex Co. Ltd., developed in 2010 an ultra-lightweight carbon fiber fabric measuring just 0.06 mm/0.002 inch in thickness. The carbon fiber composites produced with this material has made it possible to fabricate an ultra-lightweight car body with the stiffness and strength needed to withstand race conditions while reducing body weight to an absolute minimum.

GH Craft, founded in 1972, is engaged in all stages of composite structure fabrication, including design, molding and structural evaluation, for ultra-lightweight vehicles. It is a leader in developing carbon fiber composite structures for the automotive, rail and aerospace industries.