Earlier, Mr. Schdner, Porsche’s director of research and development, told the media that Tesla was focused on the lower end of the market, not Porsche’s rival. To say this, the bottom gas comes from its electric over-run Taycan. In February, Bill Gates bought one, too, and said it was cool. In order to further enhance product performance, Porsche announced that Taycan will be equipped with all-plastic brake pedals for the first time to reduce the weight of the vehicle, according tomedia reports.
One might think that plastic pedals are cheaper than metal pedals. But officials say the Taycan new pedal uses a thermoplastic composite that is 50 percent lighter than metal and has increased strength.
It is reported that the pedal was developed by BOGE Elastmetall GmbH in collaboration with the LANXean High Performance Materials (HPM) business unit. Benefiting from the thermoplastic composite design, the component is mechanically strong and lightweight, and its structure includes inserts made of Tepex dynalite materials, Lanser continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites and several ribbons.
In addition, this composite design causes less carbon emissions than metal structures. Thanks to the hybrid molding method, features such as guidance, brackets and fasteners can also be integrated in a weight-saving, energy- and cost-saving manner. Unlike typical metal parts, this part does not require further machining, such as deburring or post-process tapping.
A pedal may not lose much weight, but for an electric overrun like Taycan, 1 gram weight can affect extreme performance.