Cars since long have been contributing to the rising level of pollution around the world. Scientists and researchers around the world have been trying their level best to make cars more greener and greener every year. Now, Divergent Microfactories founded by Kevin Czinger has given a new perspective to this whole car and pollution problem. He states that pollution is generated on a much larger scale when a car is manufactured then when it is made to run on roads.”
A far greater percentage of a car’s total emissions come from the materials and energy required to manufacture it,” he explained during a keynote speech at last month’s O’Reilly Solid Conference. “How we make cars is actually a much bigger problem than how we fuel our cars.”The California based company has brought out its solution in the form of a “the world’s first 3D-printed supercar.”
The car is made around a 3D-printed aluminum chassis called the node. The node is made by melting aluminum powder into form using a laser-based printing system. Individual nodes hold structural carbon fiber tubes together, building up a modular chassis. “Node-based chassis weighs some 90 percent less than an average car chassis and requires far less material and energy to produce.” said Czinger who is looking to revolutionize car manufacturing and join the league of stalwarts such as Henry Ford who invented the conveyor belt system assembly lines in 1913 ushering in a new ers in mass produced cars.
The super car which has been christened as ‘Blade’ has a 700-hp (522-kW) bi-fuel (gas/CNG) four-cylinder turbo engine and has the ability to run from 0 to 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in a flat two seconds. The Blade chassis weighs just 102 lb (46 kg), and the entire car, complete with composite body and 700-hp engine, is listed at just 1,388 lb (635 kg). That gives it a 1.1 hp/kg power-to-weight ratio in line. Lets hope this car gets in the production line as such.