The green line shows the typical application areas of Betaforce adhesives in passenger cars.
The green line shows the typical application areas of Betaforce adhesives in passenger cars.

Dow Automotive reports that it is supplying its customized structural bonding solutions for weight reduction in motorsports vehicles. Among manufacturers using the adhesive solutions based on Dow’s Betaforce composite bonding adhesives are Audi for the new R8 and Lamborghini on the Huracan, the company says.

Betaforce composite bonding adhesives are designed to support hybrid constructions such as lightweight solutions. Multi-material vehicles can reach weight reduction without compromising on other priorities such as safety or comfort and composites from carbon fibers are now seeing a growing share in the material mix. Audi and Lamborghini are using carbon fiber and bonding of structural parts including pillars or tunnels with coated aluminum.

Besides weight reduction, structural adhesives also provide processing benefits, Dow says. Among the production advantages are the pre-treatment-free joining of carbon fiber, improved open times and balanced mechanical properties regarding optimal stiffness and driving properties.

This story uses material from Dow Automotive, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.