Thermoplastic composites suspension featured on racecar
The Polystrand GT-Lite racecar recently completed its third racing weekend at the SCCA Majors event in Pueblo, Colo.
The racing environment is a good place to test out innovation in car design. After all, from the rearview mirror to seat belts, there’s plenty of every day car technologies that came from racing. Could a rear suspension outfitted with fiber-reinforced thermoplastic nylon springs and control arms be next on the list?
Thermoplastic composites specialist Polystrand (Englewood, Colo.) developed the GT-Lite racecar, a purpose-built racing vehicle designed to highlight the application of thermoplastic composite materials in automotive applications. The racecar recently completed its third racing weekend May 28-29 at the Home of the Heroes SCCA Majors event at Pueblo Motorsports Park in Pueblo, Colo., with podium finishes in both the sprint race and the feature event. Polystrand believes this is the first vehicle to use continuously-reinforced thermoplastic (nylon) composites as the primary suspension springs. Check it out here: