Vehicle to Challenge World-famous Pikes Peak
Tokyo, Japan, June 22, 2015 --- Teijin Limited announced today that carbon fiber sheet pre-impregnated with matrix resin, or prepreg, made by Toho Tenax Co., Ltd., the core company of the Teijin Group’s carbon fibers and composites business, is used in the lightweight body of an electric racecar operated by TEAM APEV with MONSTER SPORT. The advanced electric car will race in the world-famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, U.S.A. from June 22 to 28.
Teijin Group has been accelerating its carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) business, particularly in response to the fast-growing demand for lightweight automotive bodies. Going forward, Teijin expects to become Japan’s leading provider of CFRP composites for automotive applications.
The racing team is a joint project of the Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles (APEV) and TAJIMA MOTOR CORPORATION Co., Ltd. The electric racecar is called the 2015 Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One.
TAJIMA MOTOR, which produced its electric racecar for this historic race, is a motor sports leader. Toho Tenax collaborated with TAJIMA MOTOR in using its prepreg to help improve the racecar’s safety, design flexibility and weight reduction.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a time-honored car race that first ran in 1916. It is held in the Rocky Mountains on Pike’ Peak. The course runs toward the summit of the mountain, making a vertical climb of 1,439 meters.
About the Teijin Group
Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of sustainable transportation, information and electronics, safety and protection, environment and energy, and healthcare. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT. The group has some 150 companies and around 16,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY786.2 billion (USD 6.6 billion) and total assets of JPY 823.7 billion (USD 6.9 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015.
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