Aluminium foam component developed for Audi A2

Audi A2 (1999 - 2005) is a small aluminium based vehicle. Its structure made from classic aluminium needed to increase stiffeness of side rail by a foamed aluminium component.

At our institute, a stiffener component for the side rail of car body was developed and its production begun at our partner Neuman Alufoam GmbH, Marktl in Austria. Unfortunately in a high stage of Audi A2 mass production preparation, the vehicle was redesigned because of problems not related to our component; but our component was not necessary more. Nevertheless, our stiffener was the first automobile aluminium foam component prepared for mass production, in the world.
Stiffener Audi A2
Aluminium foam stiffener for Audi A2