It accelerates from 0 to 100 in 3.7 seconds, reaches a maximum speed of 325 kilometers per hour, and weighs 1,480 kilograms. The Lexus LFA is already sold out on the Japanese market, although production won't begin until late this year. The car is a lightweight among supercars, thanks to a passenger compartment constructed of a fiber-plastic composite. According to Lexus, this sandwich structure weighs 100 kilograms less than a comparable passenger compartment made of aluminum. The floor segments and the tunnel between the exterior carbon-fiber cover layers contain a structural core made of ROHACELL® polymethacrylimide foam (PMI) from Evonik Industries.
The aerospace industry has been using ROHACELL® for years as a lightweight structuring core material, whose reliability also lowers the costs of producing sandwich structures. With its efficient quality management—a must for this sector—Evonik was well equipped to supply its first major automobile manufacturer. The SHAPES department at the Darmstadt site produces a wide array of complex three-dimensionally milled parts and ships them to Japan. A heat-resistant ROHACELL® type with high compressive strength is used in the floor and tunnel segments of the sports car. The closed-cell foam also absorbs a minimal amount of resin on the surface, thereby helping to cut excess weight.
Evonik Industries is the creative industrial group from Germany. In our core business of specialty chemicals, we are a global leader. In addition, Evonik is an expert in power generation from hard coal and renewable energies, and one of the largest private residential real estate companies in Germany. Our company’s performance is shaped by creativity, specialization, continuous self-renewal, and reliability.
Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In its fiscal year 2009 about 39,000 employees generated sales of about €13.1 billion and an operating profit (EBITDA) of about €2.0 billion.
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