New Developments for the Automotive Industry

Resistant and light: protective gaiter and torque clutch deliver innovative solutions.

New Developments for the Automotive IndustryThe new torque clutch comprises three components made from carbon-fiber-reinforced polyamide or thermoplastic polyurethane. The weight is less than half that of previous variants.
ContiTech Vibration Control has developed two new products for use in the automotive industry. Thanks to new materials or material combinations, they help to improve components in passenger cars further.
 

The new developments include a protective gaiter for premium-class passenger cars. Attached inside the wheel arch, it protects the elements of the vehicle's air suspension against stone impact, thereby extending the service life of the sensitive area. What sets the new version apart is the material used, which ContiTech has developed specifically for these applications. The main component is thermoplastic polyurethane. It is much more flexible and has greater rebound strength than the standard material made from thermoplastic polymers. This means that its resistance capability is much greater.

New Developments for the Automotive IndustryThe material of the new protective gaiter is much more flexible and has greater rebound strength than the standard material made from thermoplastic polymers. This means that its resistance capability is much greater.

ContiTech has also launched a new torque clutch. The weight of this component is less than half that of previous variants. This helps to reduce the overall weight of the vehicle, driving down fuel consumption further as a result. This is possible because of the materials used. One important element is carbon-fiber-reinforced polyamide. The assembly also contains components made from thermoplastic polyurethane. This combination makes the torque clutch particularly abrasion-resistant. The material reduces wear throughout the entire service life of the component. In passenger cars with electronic steering assistance, it links the engine with the transmission at the steering and protects the transmission by compensating for the axle offset in the event of wear.

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