Dusseldorf, Germany – BASF and Hyundai will showcase a concept car featuring PU components at K 2016.
The concept car, RN30, is designed to showcase innovation in rigid integral foam and reaction injection moulding (RIM) systems for auto body panelling, particularly the RN30’s fender and spoiler, according to BASF.
The car’s roll and bar padding has been made with BASF’s Infinergy foam, an expanded thermoplastic polyurethane (E-TPU). The closed-cell, elastic particle foam combines the properties of TPU with the advantages of foams, and, according to BASF, it created the world’s first E-TPU.
Semi-structural sandwich solutions are also used for the trunk floor, utilising BASF’s Elastoflex. “These very light and stiff spray-impregnated polyurethane structures consist of a long fibre reinforced surface layer and a paper honeycomb as the core material.
“This provides a considerable weight reduction compared to traditional materials as well as a highly efficient production process,” according to BASF.
The car will be showcased at K 2016, which takes place in Dusseldorf from 19 -26 October.