Ford Concept Makes Fusion As Light As a Fiesta

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Starting earlier this year with the 2015 F-150 and continuing this week with the announcement of a new concept car, Ford is working to be a heavyweight in the realm of "light-weighting." The Ford Lightweight Concept follows in the footsteps of the production version of the F-150 pickup truck, which shed 700 pounds using high-strength steel and aluminum alloy. The concept, based on the 2013 Fusion midsize sedan, drops a quarter of the sedan's body weight to tip the scales at the same level as Ford's smallest car, the Fiesta, the automaker said Tuesday.

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Ford said the concept "uses advanced materials to explore future weight-reduction solutions that could improve performance and fuel efficiency while reducing carbon dioxide emissions." The automaker said the vehicle uses many of the same lightweight materials found in today's mobile electronic devices, such as aluminum, chemically toughened glass and advanced lightweight plastics, as well as high-strength steel, magnesium and carbon fiber.

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Engineers, Ford said, incorporated the weight-saving materials into the entire design of the car, including the powertrain, chassis, body, battery and interior features. The objective was to find a combination of lightweight materials that could be mass produced while preserving safety. The concept was developed in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Program and Magna International subsidiary Cosma International.

Kumar Galhotra, Ford vice president of engineering, told USA Today that further innovations could include replacing heavy lead-acid batteries with something lighter. Six lightweight Fusions will be built, two each for corrosion, crash, and noise and vibration testing, the newspaper reported.

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Comments 

FlanKitty

"... further innovations could include replacing heavy lead-acid batteries with something lighter." like braille battery's lineup? (not to be a shameless plug but the technology is there)

That said even if the weight savings is "only" 500-600 lbs with production ready materials, paired (only) with the 1.5 liter turbo engine would be pretty nice both go and fuel economy wise. Make it so, Ford.

M3

Lightening the car not only improves fuel economy, but ride, handling, and braking benefit as well. It'll be tough to keep the costs down, but maybe high volume can help. Good research, and any of the new tech that makes it into production will be beneficial. I like this approach much better than expensive, heavy, complex hybrids.

Bet it will go like grease lightning!

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