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    As the title says. I´ve heard that its a british company.

    Who supplies/makes Koeinigseggs pre-made carbon fibre chassis?


    Please dont make this a discussion thead about what Koenigsegg makes and what it buys, its just a simple question.

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    Wouldn't surprise me if it was one of the suppliers to F1 development teams or someone like McLaren Racing, etc...

    As a clue, looks as though they use UMECO's prepreg products to produce the chassis and components with, but no mention of the company that actually performs the autoclaving/production itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Race Minded View Post
    Wouldn't surprise me if it was one of the suppliers to F1 development teams or someone like McLaren Racing, etc...

    As a clue, looks as though they use UMECO's prepreg products to produce the chassis and components with, but no mention of the company that actually performs the autoclaving/production itself.

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    Hmm, I can remember a factory tour video when Christian mentioned the company name but I just cant find that factory tour. But Im almost 100 per cent sure it was a british company.

    Maybe it was Umeco he mentioned. Not really sure.

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    I will see if I can find the tour info and if a specific name crops up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boost View Post
    Hmm, I can remember a factory tour video when Christian mentioned the company name but I just cant find that factory tour.
    I remember seeing that as well. If I'm not totally wrong it could have been in Megafactories (National Geographic).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boost View Post
    Hmm, I can remember a factory tour video when Christian mentioned the company name but I just cant find that factory tour. But Im almost 100 per cent sure it was a british company.

    Maybe it was Umeco he mentioned. Not really sure.

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    Was Drive's factory tour and Advanced Composites Group aka Umeco that he mentioned. Those are just the suppliers of some CF though.

    Fabrication is done, or at least it used to be done, by GE Aviation (formerly Smith's Aerospace). From wiki:

    "GE Aviation Systems (formerly Smiths Aerospace).

    Smiths Aerospace was formerly one of four business units of Smiths Group plc., an engineering company and constituent of the FTSE 100 share index. However, it was announced on January 15, 2007 that Smiths Group was divesting Smiths Aerospace to General Electric for US $4.8 billion.[1] Smiths Aerospace, which was an important supplier, became an operating subsidiary of GE Aviation. This acquisition reportedly gives the combined unit the clout to resist pricing pressures from its two largest customers, Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Airbus.[1] Analysts further assert that it will enable General Electric to acquire assets similar to those it desired in its failed bid for Honeywell in 2000.[1] GE Aviation closed the transaction on May 4, 2007.[2]
    Products

    Its electronic and mechanical systems businesses include integrated modular avionics, flight management and stores management systems, recording and analyzing of voice, video and data. Crew information and mission planning. Other products include power generation and distribution, fuel gauging, management and aerial refueling systems and environmental conditioning. Systems essential to aircraft performance includes flight controls, thrust reversers, landing gear and hydraulic systems.
    The engine component capabilities include engine ring technology, supplying complex gas turbine engine components to every major engine program worldwide.
    The company also operates a global customer services organization that supports 1,500 customers in 140 countries through a network of local centers.

    The company is involved with Boeing's KC-767[3] and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II, F-22 Raptor, and C-130J Hercules, and the Eurofighter Typhoon. Smiths engine components equip many major military and civil gas turbine engines, providing critical technologies from intake to exhaust."

    GE Aviation Systems - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Small photo from the factory:

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    http://www.vnfdesigns.co.uk/composites-ccx_sports.htm

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    "As the use of composites increases in the Automotive Sector, the integration of production techniques with material selection is essential to meet the cost targets demanded by OEM’s. Devising a competitive process for full scale production of an all composite car is the major challenge facing moulders of automotive composite components today.

    Building on their involvement with the McLaren-Mercedes SLR project, Smiths Aerospace, based in Hamble-le-Rice, Hampshire UK, have now embarked upon full scale production of the Koenigsegg CCX Body-In-White.

    Just a decade after the launch of the original CCR sees the emergence of the CCX, the latest update to the car that broke the world speed record. The CCX has been re-engineered to comply with US crash regulations and now includes a new composite carbon fibre chassis, carbon fibre bodywork and an updated engine that was developed in-house.

    ACG was instrumental in the initial re-engineering of the project, manufacturing tooling and several pre-production prototype body kits at its UK base. However, for large-scale commercial production of the car, a company with a manufacturing facility was required. Facing stiff international competition, Smiths were eventually selected as manufacturer by Koenigsegg and immediately set to work on a costdown programme for the car.

    A thorough review of material options was undertaken in collaboration with ACG engineers. A solution based around ACG’s MTM®58FRB was selected for the chassis and structural components, as this system offers the best balance between performance and competitive pricing. ACG’s BPS240 carbon body panel system was selected for the bodywork.

    Both systems offer the flexibility of curing under vacuum-only conditions, thus enabling Smiths to optimise work flow through their plant. All prepregs were nested onto Smiths’ XY CNC cutting machines at the earliest opportunity, giving optimum material usage with a fixed bill of materials for order placement purposes. This resulted in efficient materials scheduling into their plant for the duration of the contract, together with enhanced quality control of the moulded components.

    All finished mouldings are also CNC machined on Smiths’ 5-axis milling machines, thereby minimising labour input while also increasing repeatability. Smiths also assembles the chassis and panels to Body-In-White standard, providing instant feedback on any engineering issues that needed to be addressed on-line, again giving their customer the advantage of an entire turn-key package."

    http://www.advanced-composites.co.uk...ndex_2007.html



    Clients include above mentioned commercial and fighter jet manufacturers plus british racing industry clients like McLaren and Lotus. Only other production car I could find that they'd lend their hand to was the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. It's not far fetched that they also made the carbon bits and pieces for the F1 though?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanqquish View Post
    I remember seeing that as well. If I'm not totally wrong it could have been in Megafactories (National Geographic).

    There was a nice CCX in Kungsträdgården last weekend. Wicked, simply wicked.
    A friend told me there were some nice cars at Kungsträdgården but unfortunately I´m back to work in London so I couldnt be there Heard the weather was bad though and because of the STCC finals at Solvalla not many people could make it, I know if I was in Stockholm I´d go to the STCC finals

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    Was Drive's factory tour and Advanced Composites Group aka Umeco that he mentioned. Those are just the suppliers of some CF though.

    Fabrication is done, or at least it used to be done, by GE Aviation (formerly Smith's Aerospace). From wiki:

    "GE Aviation Systems (formerly Smiths Aerospace).

    Smiths Aerospace was formerly one of four business units of Smiths Group plc., an engineering company and constituent of the FTSE 100 share index. However, it was announced on January 15, 2007 that Smiths Group was divesting Smiths Aerospace to General Electric for US $4.8 billion.[1] Smiths Aerospace, which was an important supplier, became an operating subsidiary of GE Aviation. This acquisition reportedly gives the combined unit the clout to resist pricing pressures from its two largest customers, Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Airbus.[1] Analysts further assert that it will enable General Electric to acquire assets similar to those it desired in its failed bid for Honeywell in 2000.[1] GE Aviation closed the transaction on May 4, 2007.[2]
    Products

    Its electronic and mechanical systems businesses include integrated modular avionics, flight management and stores management systems, recording and analyzing of voice, video and data. Crew information and mission planning. Other products include power generation and distribution, fuel gauging, management and aerial refueling systems and environmental conditioning. Systems essential to aircraft performance includes flight controls, thrust reversers, landing gear and hydraulic systems.
    The engine component capabilities include engine ring technology, supplying complex gas turbine engine components to every major engine program worldwide.
    The company also operates a global customer services organization that supports 1,500 customers in 140 countries through a network of local centers.

    The company is involved with Boeing's KC-767[3] and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II, F-22 Raptor, and C-130J Hercules, and the Eurofighter Typhoon. Smiths engine components equip many major military and civil gas turbine engines, providing critical technologies from intake to exhaust."

    GE Aviation Systems - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Small photo from the factory:

    Composites graduate

    VNF Design by Precision - Composites - Koenigseggs CCX

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    "As the use of composites increases in the Automotive Sector, the integration of production techniques with material selection is essential to meet the cost targets demanded by OEM’s. Devising a competitive process for full scale production of an all composite car is the major challenge facing moulders of automotive composite components today.

    Building on their involvement with the McLaren-Mercedes SLR project, Smiths Aerospace, based in Hamble-le-Rice, Hampshire UK, have now embarked upon full scale production of the Koenigsegg CCX Body-In-White.

    Just a decade after the launch of the original CCR sees the emergence of the CCX, the latest update to the car that broke the world speed record. The CCX has been re-engineered to comply with US crash regulations and now includes a new composite carbon fibre chassis, carbon fibre bodywork and an updated engine that was developed in-house.

    ACG was instrumental in the initial re-engineering of the project, manufacturing tooling and several pre-production prototype body kits at its UK base. However, for large-scale commercial production of the car, a company with a manufacturing facility was required. Facing stiff international competition, Smiths were eventually selected as manufacturer by Koenigsegg and immediately set to work on a costdown programme for the car.

    A thorough review of material options was undertaken in collaboration with ACG engineers. A solution based around ACG’s MTM®58FRB was selected for the chassis and structural components, as this system offers the best balance between performance and competitive pricing. ACG’s BPS240 carbon body panel system was selected for the bodywork.

    Both systems offer the flexibility of curing under vacuum-only conditions, thus enabling Smiths to optimise work flow through their plant. All prepregs were nested onto Smiths’ XY CNC cutting machines at the earliest opportunity, giving optimum material usage with a fixed bill of materials for order placement purposes. This resulted in efficient materials scheduling into their plant for the duration of the contract, together with enhanced quality control of the moulded components.

    All finished mouldings are also CNC machined on Smiths’ 5-axis milling machines, thereby minimising labour input while also increasing repeatability. Smiths also assembles the chassis and panels to Body-In-White standard, providing instant feedback on any engineering issues that needed to be addressed on-line, again giving their customer the advantage of an entire turn-key package."

    ACG - Automotive Archived News Index 2007



    Clients include above mentioned commercial and fighter jet manufacturers plus british racing industry clients like McLaren and Lotus. Only other production car I could find that they'd lend their hand to was the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. It's not far fetched that they also made the carbon bits and pieces for the F1 though?
    Cheers mate! Good information!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boost View Post
    A friend told me there were some nice cars at Kungsträdgården but unfortunately I´m back to work in London so I couldnt be there Heard the weather was bad though and because of the STCC finals at Solvalla not many people could make it, I know if I was in Stockholm I´d go to the STCC finals !
    Yeah, there was some nice metal; Egg, Audi R8 GT Spyder, GT3 Cup, Wiesmann, old Bugatti, new M6, Fisker Karma and so on but nothing you couldn't see in London as everyday business

    Miss the finals due to weather and other things I had but Bilfestival was great to stop off.
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