ZF quietly introduced a carbon fiber damper at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Designed for micro cars, the carbon fiber dampers weigh nearly 50% less than aluminum dampers.

ZF quietly introduced a carbon fiber damper at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show. While we didn't notice (we must have been busy checking out the babes), the concept is now getting the attention it deserves.

Designed for micro cars, the carbon fiber dampers weigh nearly 50% less than aluminum dampers. This results in improved fuel efficiency and reduced unsprung mass (for increased ride comfort). On top of this, the "newly designed plastic components make previous heavy steel components, like the spring cap, unnecessary."

According to Dr. Peter Ottenbruch, head of ZF's Powertrain and Suspension Component division, "With our study on plastic suspension struts, we want to show above all how much potential there still is in terms of lightweight chassis." He added, "Despite the tremendous weight savings, the design is realistic and, as feasibility and cost analyses have shown, it could easily be transferred to volume production."

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