Jaguar Land Rover developing new lightweight materials for future vehicles
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Jaguar Land Rover developing new lightweight materials for future vehicles

26th Oct 2020 8:00 am

JLR will begin testing of new metals and composites as part of a weight-reducing efficiency drive for future models.


Jaguar Land Rover has announced it will launch a “pioneering” research trial to test new lightweight materials for use in future models. The two-year project, said to use sensor technology developed for the aerospace industry, will look at how innovative metals and composite materials respond to harsh or corrosive environments.

  • New lightweight materials being developed to improve fuel efficiency of future vehicles

  • Materials to be tested extensively for longevity and quality

  • Numerous models from JLR’s current line-up in the pipeline for an India launch

Jaguar Land Rover’s new materials to undergo rigorous testing

The materials will be tested in “some of the world’s most extreme physical conditions” in a 4,00,000km regime across various parts of North America. 

The data gathered from the testing will be shared with the UK product development team to allow them to accurately forecast the future behaviour of these materials. That means any innovation in that field can meet “the company’s stringent standards” for longevity and quality. 

Lead engineer Matt Walters said the research project is an example of the brand’s “commitment to developing lightweight, durable and robust materials for our future vehicles”. 

The research, said to include “world-class partners”, forms a part of a consortium of aluminium manufacturers and other car makers with similar objectives. It builds on research projects such as JLR’s 2019 testing of printed structural electronics for interiors, said to reduce the weight of in-car electronics by up to 60%.

Jaguar Land Rover India outlook

Land Rover recently launched the Defender in India at Rs 73.98 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The company is also in the process of bringing in the updated Range Rover Sport and Range Rover to our market. 

Jaguar, meanwhile, is expected to debut the all-electric I-Pace in the near future. Also on the cards for an India introduction next year is the facelifted Jaguar XF sedan

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