Toyota pins hopes of Le Mans win on DSM’s lightweight materials

TMG’s 2018 Le Mans car

Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) is hoping to win the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race for the first time in 2018 thanks to lightweight materials from DSM.

The 86th edition of the automobile endurance event will take place this weekend, 16-17 June 2018, at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France.

Toyota has been trying to win this race since 1985, and, following a near-win in 2016, says it is “committed to winning” the upcoming edition by integrating the latest cutting-edge motorsport technologies developed by Royal DSM – including carbon with Dyneema.

Dyneema is DSM’s premium brand for Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber, UD, and fabric. It combines maximum strength with minimum weight and is 15 times stronger than steel and 40 percent stronger than aramid fiber, both on the weight-for-weight basis.

Creating a winning formula? 

In 2017, TMG entered a unique technology partnership with DSM. The agreement involves working closely together in applying DSM materials and technology relevant to the automotive sector, such as engineering plastics, 3D Printing and other cutting-edge technologies such as Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF).

DSM says carbon with Dyneema is a key material of interest for the automotive industry as, compared to pure carbon composites, this hybrid increases impact resistance by 100 percent – while also becoming shatterproof.

“Particularly in those vulnerable areas around the front and behind the wheels, Dyneema can play an important role – by stopping the carbon from breaking,” explained Hans Plug, New Business Development Manager at DSM Dyneema.

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