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Materials

The environment, consumption and performance shed light down the path of research in the field of new materials.

​​Now more than ever before, vehicle weight—bringing all its consequences in terms of consumption and emissions into the environment—and the need to recover end-of-life components, as well as the evolution in style and price competition, have obliged researchers and engineers to look into revolutionary technological solutions.

This necessity has changed into a stimulating challenge that has led down unexplored paths, to conceive highly innovative solutions. Steels, light alloys and plastics are just some of the fields of research in which FCA engages every day.

High-tech plastics

Uniting plastic with metal for structure and body components is an ongoing, unsolved challenge. To help reach weight reduction goals, materials experts play all their best cards. It is an ongoing challenge to seek out the most advanced steels, plastic composites and the most innovative hybrid materials— made with advanced resins and fibers borrowed from aeronautics and skillfully adapted for use with the volumes and infrastructures of the automotive industry.

Never-ending strength tests

The strength test that engineers run on the prototypes of every new model is called For Life. It is so grueling that in 60 days, all the over-exertion and wear and tear conditions that normally occur over two years of normal use in a country with very severe weather conditions due to humidity and salinity are recreated. In addition to improving the product through experimentation, the data gathered make it possible to try highly innovative solutions, especially for preventing body corrosion and resistance to mechanical stress.