Faurecia engineers have developed an integral structural floor comprising a front and rear passenger floor and a trunk floor made of composite thermoplastic material reinforced with glass fiber, which is made using "thermostamping" techniques.
|Lightweight floor incorporates acoustic elements to muffle noise resulting from density drop.|
Further, to muffle the noise resulting from this drop in density, Faurecia has also improved the floor design by incorporating acoustic components into the empty space between the upper and lower layers of the thermoplastic structure.
This approach to rethinking materials and design has put Faurecia in a position to offer a floor that is 16.5 kg lighter (11.5 kg in the front and 5 kg in the rear) than a conventional steel floor, reducing CO2 emissions by 1.65 g/km. The product achieves the goal of a 33% weight saving set by Renault for its EOLAB concept and could enter production four or five years from now.