Smart Composite Design
Smart Forvision Concept
A new electric concept design by Smart, in collaboration with German-based chemical company BASF, reveals its future use of passive engineering strategies and carbon fiber composites to increase fuel efficiency in its designs by 20 percent. The Forvision uses reflective paint and windows in addition to increased foam to reduce heat transmission in and out of the car, significantly reducing the energy used to maintain a comfortable temperature in the Smart concept. Smart uses FRP wheel rims, carbon fiber composite doors and body cage to lightweight the already light Smart car. Smart envisions that the new composite elements will make the Smart Forvision even safer when combined with the steel cage, which is rated four stars for front impact and five stars for side impact by U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.