Bcomp’s technologies are already racing with multiple brands and series live on the tracks. Since carbon fibres revolutionized F1 almost 40 years ago, there have been few new game-changing solutions, despite the problems with carbon fibres: sharp shattering in crash scenarios, high costs, toxic dust in manufacturing and heavy eco footprint.
Swiss high-tech firm, Bcomp, has gathered the latest composites and light-weighting knowledge and applied it to natural fibres, thus becoming the technology leader in its markets. Today, several brands and racing series use the materials.
The result is proprietary light-weighting solutions with up to 30% better cost efficiency compared to carbon fibres for thin-walled shell elements – without sacrificing performance. Vibration damping is tripled and the enhanced crash behaviour with confined debris improves safety both on the racetrack and during processing. At the end of the life cycle, components can simply be incinerated together with normal waste. In addition, flax fibres are CO2 neutral over its entire life cycle.
This is made possible by the patented powerRibs™ reinforcement technology, inspired by leaf veins that provide stiffness with minimal weight, designed to create a ribbed structure on one side of a thin-walled shell element. The result is an extremely lightweight, high-performance natural fibre composite reinforcement grid that optimizes mechanical and geometric properties.
powerRibs™ can be used together with Bcomp’s technical fabrics ampliTex™ for a full-flax layup that matches the performance of carbon fibres with 75% lower embodied energy; or with carbon fibre for extreme performance: a hybrid that is up to 20% lighter and has up to 200% specific bending stiffness vs. full carbon layup. Perfect for high performance applications such as replacing or reinforcing carbon fibres in motorsport bodywork and weight reduction in automotive interiors, it is a truly revolutionary technology.
Some spectacular live cases with full-flax bodywork during 2018 include the racing-adapted Electric GT Tesla and the Gillet Vertigo driven by Vanina Ickx in Pikes Peak, both made in ampliTex™ technical fabrics and powerRibs™ reinforcements.
The “Alter” by DAB Motors for YAMAHA received massive attention in the MC community around the world as it was launched. Both Electric GT and DAB leverages the natural translucency for extremely cool, fully integrated screens and front lights respectively. Bcomp proudly collaborates with Porsche customer racing team Four Motors and Aston Martin customer racing team Optimum Motorsports, and Bcomp’s materials are currently the only natural fibres in bodywork live with multiple racing brands- and series on the tracks.
Bcomp has established itself as a global leader in high-performance, lightweight renewable reinforcements, and has the capacity to guide customers through the process with significant engineering power enabling reversed engineering and outstanding customer support. As a result, today Bcomp has development projects with global automotive OEMs, within commercial air as well as within the European Space Agency Clean Space program; its innovations been awarded numerous JEC Innovation Awards and ISPO awards. The motorsports solutions have been awarded Most Innovative New Motorsport Product by the World Motorsport Symposium as well as won the Autosport Product Showcase Award and are used by a variety of racing series and brands.