Presented in collaboration with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), the Altair Enlighten Award recognizes achievements in weight reduction across the automotive industry from motorcycles to passenger cars, light-trucks to commercial vehicles and buses.
Now entering into its 4th year, the 2016 award will be open for your nomination later this month. We invite you to nominate your company for the chance to join our previous winners including Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, BASF, GM, Faurecia, Dow Automotive Systems and more.
The 2015 Award was covered by more than 350 publications and news outlets across the world. Publications included: Automotive News, The Auto Channel, TenLinks, PlasticsNews, Wards Automotive, Desktop Engineering, Today’s Motor Vehicles and many more.
The winner of the Award will be featured in dedicated, full page advertising in the automotive heartlands of the US and Germany. Placements include SAE Automotive Engineering International and Automobil Industrie.
Collect the award from the world renowned Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminar in Michigan; an event attended by the world's most prominent automotive OEMs and suppliers.
Take back a physical award that represents your team's achievements. Use the award to demonstrate your expertise to the industry and attract new talent to your organization.
General Motors: Cadillac – used computer-aided engineering (CAE) development methods to achieve 163.1 pound weight reduction on the Alpha architecture while still providing mass efficiency, stiffness, safety, and structural feel and while delivering improved fuel economy without degrading on-road performance characteristics.
Automotive Performance Materials (APM) and Faurecia – brought sustainable design to instrument panels, center consoles and door panels of the Peugeot 308 by integrating a natural, hemp-based fiber with polypropylene, which allows for complex shapes and architectures along with a weight savings of 20-25 percent.
The 2014 Altair Enlighten Award was won by Jaguar Land Rover for its approach to sustainability. Its lightweight vehicle strategy takes a holistic approach to CO2 reduction, linking strategies of weight reduction in the body and chassis systems to powertrain and related secondary weight savings, while maximizing recycled material use and lowering energy consumption during the manufacturing stage.
Crash Durable Adhesive (CDA) from Dow Automotive provides a reliable joining solution for multi-material designs enabling OEMs to use advanced ultra-lightweight materials to reduce weight and improve fuel economy.
BASF Corporation won the inaugural Altair Enlighten Award competition for the development of its thermoplastic composite front seat pan, manufactured for use in the OPEL Astra OPC model passenger car. BASF used virtual simulation technology to identify where material could be removed from the seat pan without negative impact to performance, allowing the weight of the component to be lowered by 45 percent (1.5kg to 0.8kg) compared to the original design.
Honda has designed the industry’s first single-piece hot stamped Side Opening Panel Reinforcement (Door Ring) that contributed to significant weight reduction and improved safety and fuel economy performance of the 2014 Honda Acura MDX.
Carbon Fibre Composite roof for the 2013 Viper GTS that is both structural and Class A. This component also satisfies FMVSS rollover requirements without additional metallic structural components.
General Motors: Cadillac – used computer-aided engineering (CAE) development methods to achieve 163.1 pound weight reduction on the Alpha architecture while still providing mass efficiency, stiffness, safety, and structural feel and while delivering improved fuel economy without degrading on-road performance characteristics.Download factsheet
Automotive Performance Materials (APM) and Faurecia – brought sustainable design to instrument panels, center consoles and door panels of the Peugeot 308 by integrating a natural, hemp-based fiber with polypropylene, which allows for complex shapes and architectures along with a weight savings of 20-25 percent.Download factsheet
BAIC Group (Off-road Vehicle Technology Center) – achieved a weight savings of 88.2 pounds in their new vehicle model BJ40 using CFRP, magnesium, aluminum and innovative optimized structuring of the hood, lower control arm, car-roof, chair skeleton and frame.Download factsheet
BASF, Ford, Magna Exteriors – increased the overall body stiffness to the front of the Ford Shelby GT 350 Mustang with carbon fiber composite grille opening reinforcements (GOR), achieving a 24 percent reduction in weight.Download factsheet
Created TCA Ultra Lite, an advanced composite material that, depending on the application, is as light as aluminium. This new composite structure forms most of the upper body of the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette C7. The system achieved a weight savings of 20 pounds per vehicle.Download factsheet
Dana Holding Corporation – reduced cylinder head cover weight by 29 percent in the 2015 Ford F-250 through F-550, while still maintaining durability and stability by using MuCell®, a molding technology licensed from Trexel Industries.Download factsheet
Dow Automotive Systems – created BETAFORCE™, a structural adhesive designed for the demanding design challenges of the 2014 BMW i3. Weight savings for new to previous models are very significant and can range from 176 to almost 440 pounds per vehicle.Download factsheet
Faurecia: Emissions Control Technologies – implemented an Analysis Led Design and Virtual Validation Process (ALDVV) in the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, which reduced the exhaust system weight 2.5 pounds by decreasing the pipe thickness for the muffler inlet pipe, over axle pipe and tail pipe.Download factsheet
FTE Automotive USA, Inc. – designed a 35 percent lighter gear shift actuator module for double clutch transmissions to shift in between gears by converting hydraulic pressure into mechanical stroke for the 2015 Audi A4, Q5, A6 and C8.Download factsheet
Maxion Wheels – applied a new design process leveraging simulation and optimization processes, achieving a 10 pound weight reduction, which was approved on the toughest durability test in the world called Biaxial, which helps to raise standard of approval and quality of product.Download factsheet
Trinseo – developed a full thermoplastic lift-gate solution using a selection of optimal combination of LGF-PP and TPO compounds, which has been commercialized and implemented on the serial production of the 2015 Renault Espace, bringing a 10 percent weight savings over the previous metallic version.Download factsheet
Sika Automotive – developed a high-viscous semi-structural one-component adhesive with high elongation and ultra-high modulus, used for bonding mixed materials such as aluminium and carbon fiber reinforced plastic for the chassis of the BMW i3, having no baseline for comparison.Download factsheet
Volvo-Eicher Commercial Vehicle Ltd: Axle – used material removal techniques to reduce the weight of the front axle of a low and medium duty truck by 20 pounds, creating a fully manufacturable design solution as a direct result of the optimized design process.Download factsheet
Volvo-Eicher Commercial Vehicle Ltd: Cargo Body – used design optimization techniques, integrated brim type panels and rearranging the base frame cross member pitches and side structure pitches to achieve a weight saving of 396.8 pounds per vehicle.Download factsheet
Volvo-Eicher Commercial Vehicle Ltd: Cabin Wind Deflector – achieved a 25 percent weight reduction for a wind deflector by utilizing a design optimization process when compared to the baseline design.Download factsheet
Volvo-Eicher Commercial Vehicle Ltd: Transmission – established a 30 percent weight reduction without increasing costs, while also improving the performance, reliability, durability, and safety of the product by establishing a new process of design, CAE, prototyping, validation and line improvements.Download factsheet
This BETAMATE™ two-part epoxy structural adhesive is an industry-first material engineered to enable a new automated robotic process for untreated aluminum bonding.Download factsheet
Crash Durable Adhesive (CDA) from Dow Automotive provides a reliable joining solution for multi-material designs enabling OEMs to use advanced ultra-lightweight materials to reduce weight and improve fuel economy.Download factsheet
This part is an instrument panel retainer molded at 2.0 mm material thickness in long glass fiber polypropylene (LGFPP) composite resin.Download factsheet
Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) supplies the doors, fenders, quarter panels and hatch on the 2014 C7 Coupe; and the doors, fenders, quarter panels and deck lid on the C7 Convertible. These Class A body panels are all manufactured utilizing our propriety mid-density Tough Class A SMC (TCA Lite) for the outer panels.Download factsheet
Class 8 highway tractor tandem rear air suspension frame bracket. The previous casting design weighed 39 lbs. whereas the new casting design weighs 30 lbs., a 23.1% decrease in weight.Download factsheet
The component is a full-load carrying, all-thermoplastic, structural front end carrier with no additional metal reinforcements. Features integrated into the carrier are the radiator and hood latch mounting points as well as the attachments for the headlamps, hood bumpers, anti-theft system and air ducts.Download factsheet
The connecting rod is part of the engine combustion system. It transfers the resulting forces of the combustion energy from a translational (up and down) movement into rotational movement of the crankshaft. The lighter the masses the better the impact on friction and fuel consumption.Download factsheet
Engine mounts form an indispensable part of the powerhouse of an automobile. A lighter engine mount can help to achieve better fuel economy and lower emission levels, thereby improving overall engine performance.Download factsheet
Front lower suspension control arm for a passenger car. Stamped clamshell design with forged ball joint housing and handling bushing pin.Download factsheet
ShilohCore Acoustic Panel Laminate (APL) Front of Dash Panel. Weight saving between 1 and 2kg (2.2 and 4.4 lbs) for a dash panel application, depending on the alternative damping treatments that are being replaced.Download factsheet
Honda has designed the industry's first single-piece hot stamped Side Opening Panel Reinforcement (Door Ring) that contributed to significant weight reduction and improved safety and fuel economy performance of the 2014 Honda Acura MDX.Download factsheet
Carbon Fibre Composite roof for the 2013 Viper GTS that is both structural and Class A. This component also satisfies FMVSS rollover requirements without additional metallic structural components.Download factsheet
The main function of the steering wheel is to transmit the torque from the driver to the vehicle. It will also support (without fracture) and contain driver air bag cushion during deployment and occupant ride down. The armature has a hub, a rim surrounding the hub, and radial spokes extending between the hub and the rim.Download factsheet
Lightweighting technology: 65 percent weight savings with composite leaf springs manufactured at Benteler-SGL by using Henkel's Loctite matrix resin.Download factsheet
All new chassis for 3-row unibody CUV. The chassis consists of suspension, wheels, tires, axles, hubs, bearings, propeller shaft, brake systems, engine mounts, engine cradle and rear subframe, steering system, mechanical controls, fuel, and exhaust systems.Download factsheet
The Mack Twin Y is a trailing arm style suspension featuring two stamped high strength steel blades which clamp the top and bottom surfaces of the axle.Download factsheet
Vehicle body systems consists of several sheet metal panels of different sizes. Panels are stamped and welded together using spot weld, seam welding, etc to form a cabin structure used for passenger seating. Achieving higher stiffness with lesser weight is the major design challenge here in the body system.Download factsheet
The crankcase is one of the critical components of an engine. It houses the cranktrain, connecting rod and piston. It carries the loads generated by combustion, inertia loads from rotating and reciprocating components of engine. It is a major contributor for weight of the engine.Download factsheet
The Chameleon is a one piece full size cargo van partition with console. It is molded from High Impact ABS and designed to keep the cab cool or heated by sealing off the cargo area and providing protection for the occupants from flying objects.Download factsheet
Use this form if your entry is for the lightweighting of a full vehicle. This category may suit a vehicle OEM that is nominating a specific vehicle.
Use this form if you entry concerns a vehicle subsystem, components or enabling technology such as a lightweight material or a new joining technology
Automotive industry engineers and product developers are pushing the boundaries of technology for better vehicle efficiency, performance, safety, and comfort. Increasingly stringent fuel economy, emissions and safety regulations, and the ongoing challenge of adding customer-pleasing features while reducing cost, are driving this development.
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