The transmission crossmember – a structural component designed to withstand high loads – is directly linked to the engine/transmission mount. It contributes to the overall rigidity of the vehicle and bears the forces and torque of the engine-transmission unit.
Continental has developed a lightweight version: By using fiberglass-reinforced polyamide instead of aluminum, it was possible to reduce the weight of the part by 50 percent. As a central component of the rear axle, the Continental transmission crossbeam, manufactured from fiberglass-reinforced polyamide, is approximately 25 percent lighter than die cast aluminum versions.
Altair Engineering has presented ContiTech with its Enlighten Award 2016.