Having discussed the advantages and disadvantages of FRP bumpers, we will now continue to explore other aspects of FRP applications in the automotive field —- FRP fairing.
At present, the application of FRP material in the automotive field is relatively few. At present, Hino Automobile puts the heavy truck high top (the roof part of the deflector) to play a new trick. The conventional high top has no “back wall”, that is to say, the conventional high top only plays the role of guiding the wind away and reducing the resistance, which is obviously not in line with the concept of space use of Japanese cars.
What is Hino’s new twist on the use of FRP in automobiles? At the beginning of the design, they added a “rear wall” to the high roof of the model 700, so that the high roof became a “hat” for the car. Due to Hino’s detailed requirements for high top quality, this component becomes an enclosed space. For Japanese cars, there is such a close to four cubic space is never wasted, so they open a square mouth on the roof, install a folding ladder, convenient from the car into the high top, and then install a hammock in the high top, of course, TV, CD player and other audio and video equipment to see your imagination, basically can be installed in. In this way, for the long-distance driving personnel, more than a place for leisure entertainment, and can rest. Do you think this is a new twist on how they use FRP in cars?
Of course, the application of FRP materials in the field of automobile is far more than these, but the parts are really limited at present. I hope that more designers can apply FRP products to automobiles in the future.