History of Carbon Fibre Technology in BMW’s Terminology
BMW has popped up various models in history with carbon fibre technology. For now, BMW’s wild patent is intending to come up with more ultra-lightweight machines, in the coming times.
Down there is what, the history of BMW has shown to the world.
The 2017 S1000RR-based HP4 Race:
Three years ago BMW launched the S 1000 RR-based HP4 race. That was the time when BMW proves that carbon fibre technology sharpened in racing and road cars.
According to BMW, this success will lead them soon to the two wheels duo (the superbikes with carbon technology).
BMW’s carbon sportbike:
Right before the2017 HP4 race appear on the screen; the sports bike starts to come up with the more used carbon fibre technology. At that time BMW showed the S 1000 RR-based HP4 race. At the point, the new patent from BMW hints that it could be even more advanced than its predecessor the S 1000 RR.
HP4 Race in 2018:
The HP4 Race was BMW’s range-topping superbike in 2018.
- Because of the carbon fibre frame, the bike weighs about 377 pounds.
- And to an amaze, its dry weight was even more impressive; it was about 322 pounds.
- The bike’s engine specs were similar to the firm’s WSBK machines, and this feature makes the bike achieve 215 hp.
On the other side, all the specs it offers didn’t come that easy.
- It is a high price which costs $78,000.
- What more is, you can only use it on the tracks.
- The bike’s exotic motor needs to be replaced every 5000km, at the cost of around $20,000.
A predecessor of BMW’s new superbike – The S 1000 RR:
The BMW’s upcoming bike will be the new advanced model of road-going S 1000 RR.
- The S 1000 RR manages with the 205 hp.
- It features standard service intervals and engine life.
- In terms of weight, its 434-pound mass is still significantly more than the HP4 Race.
The Reason behind the BMW’s New Model Line
The swingarm of the old HP4 Race is not of carbon, as compared to its closest rival at that time, the Ducati’s 1299 Superleggera. This rival of HP4 Race was made entirely with the carbon technology including the swing arms too. At the same time, BMW stuck to aluminium for the suspension.
Now the BMW’s latent patent suggests that BMW is planning to come up with the carbon fibre swingarm.
Swing Arm of the New Carbon BMW Super Bike
The new carbon BMW superbike looks basically like a hardtail. Its frame design is in the picture below. The swingarm in this bike shouldn’t be called as an as a swing arm because it is to be mould into main chassis itself. And it will, of course, be made of carbon fibre technology.
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BMW’s patent explains, to create a flexible component which acts as a spring, there should be eight layers of carbon. The four layers will run above the rear arm while the other four will run below it. This arrangement will be in a manner that the fibres will run longitudinally.
Carbon fibre leaf spring to be the swingarm:
For decades, the fibreglass and carbon fibre leaf spring has been in the cars world. The Chevy Corvette introduced these technologies in the early ’80s. Until the introduction of the latest generation, these technologies remained the critical elements for a car. And for now, the leaf spring is the swing arm itself.
The rear suspension:
BMW isn’t planning to go without the rear suspension. But their idea is to use elastic properties of the carbon fibre, so to allow the rear wheel to move vertically, but not side to side.
Technologies used to damp the suspension movement:
The upper mount that is visible above the frame suggests that there will be still the conventional strut to damp suspension movements. And of course, an auxiliary coil spring to allow the preload adjustments. However, the flexible rear arm will perform the main suspension job.
BMW- the Chief of Carbon Fiber Technology
It’s worth to say that BMW is the only company that can pull off a design like this. BMW is undeniably a world leader in carbon fibre technology. It has pioneered the mass-production techniques that have allowed carbon vehicles to be relatively quick and cheap.
BMW’s accomplishments in carbon fibre technology:
The i3 city car and i8 supercar, in addition to BMW other car models, all have the carbon chassis. Their structural carbon components include roof panels and pillar.
The Final Verdict
It’s better to say that BMW isn’t going to allow its latest-and-greatest superbike, to be overshadowed by a version of its predecessor-S 1000 RR-for long. Hence, a carbon fibre framed lightweight derivative is sure to appear at some stage in the model’s life.