Auburn Hills, Michigan – A lightweight concept car based on the BMW X3 built in a Dow partnership with Clemson University's Deep Orange 4 team has been unveiled at an industry meeting.
Dow Automotive Systems partnered the university team to provide application ideas and expertise in vehicle light-weighting, mass reduction and structural support.
Frank Billotto, commercial transportation industry manager, Dow Automotive Systems, said: "We have been very pleased with the opportunities presented by this project,
"It's been inspiring to work with bright minds, a forward-looking program and all of the challenges that come with creating concept vehicles. This program gives students hands-on experience with real-world vehicles and industry experts, which is very beneficial to the industry as a whole,” he added.
The concept vehicle was unveiled at a Center for Automotive Research management briefing seminar in Traverse City, Michigan. The centre is a nonprofit organization, is focused on a wide variety of important trends and changes related to the automobile industry based in Ann Arbor.
Dow Automotive System’s Betamate structural adhesives and Betafoam structural foams were incorporated into the vehicle.