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Testing times ahead as JLR looks to the materials of the future

Correspondent 22nd Oct, 2020

JAGUAR Land Rover is taking part in pioneering research trials to test the capability of advanced lightweight metals and composites to be used in future vehicles.

As part of a two-year project, the company will use technology developed for the aerospace industry to understand how materials respond to corrosive environments, in global markets and over rigorous terrain.

Samples of new metals and composites planned for use in future Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will be built into aerospace-grade sensors and put through their paces in some of the world’s most extreme physical conditions, tested for over 400,000km across North America.

The sensors will continuously measure the performance of the materials and share data with the Jaguar Land Rover’s product development team in the UK.

Lead engineer Matt Walters said: “This research project is a prime example of our commitment to developing lightweight, durable and robust materials for our future vehicles.

“Using advanced aerospace-grade technology, such as these sensors, is testament to the quality and standards we are achieving.

“We are working alongside world-class partners on this ground-breaking research project and will improve the correlation between real-world and accelerated testing as we continue to raise the bar for quality and durability.”

The research forms part of a consortium of aluminium manufacturers and car makers researching the longevity of materials and how they can be made lighter and more durable.

The project builds on continued research into future materials, from a pioneering recycling process which gives premium automotive-grade aluminium a second life, to the development of printed structural electronics, which can reduce the weight of in-car electronics by up to 60 per cent.

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