TR Driving the Development of Lightweight Sports cars

Where a fastener is needed to be versatile, light and yet strong, plastic is often the optimal solution. A case in point is the automotive sector, where the latest trend is for light-weighting; a lighter car uses less fuel, is more economic and more environmentally friendly.

For Ariel Motor Company, however, the innovative British firm which manufacturers the high-speed Atom sports car, lightweighting is also about performance.

When designing its new Atom 3.5, the fastest lightweight sports car available today, Ariel wanted to find ways to help take more weight out of the vehicle’s structure. Global manufacturer and distributor TR Fastenings was able to provide an ideal solution, as Kevin Rogers, TR Fastenings’ Plastics Product Sales Manager, explains: “The Atom is designed with a unique open structure based on frames. No roof, no windows, just a tubular chassis, which means everything is on show. Our UL- approved cable ties provided a low-cost, aesthetically pleasing insight into the car’s method of construction, at the same time providing a weather and oil resistant fastener that will stand the test of time. Our stringent quality requirements from trusted vendors were endorsed by Ariel’s production managers, who claim that while previous parts have failed in many areas, TR Fastenings’ products never give cause for concern.

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