SABIC’s LEXAN™ and EXATEC™ provide racing spirit in new Fiat Abarth 695 Biposto
December 9, 2014
SABIC’s polycarbonate (PC) glazing solutions were highlighted during Abarth’s official launch of the production model of its Abarth 695 Biposto. The vehicle’s front fixed windows, which include built-in sliding panels, are made from SABIC’s LEXAN™ resin, a PC material, and EXATEC™ coating technology. The fixed front windows with sliding panels are features straight from the world of racing and is applied to the Abarth 695 Biposto to help transfer the racing experience of the Abarth brand to the on-road car market. Only SABIC’s EXATEC coating can make this possible because it is the one solution available in the industry today that meets European regulatory requirements for transparency, scratch and abrasion resistance for PC-based vehicle windows.
The Abarth 695 Biposto (which means “two-seater” in Italian) heralds back to the original super-fast Fiat Abarth from 1964 and is the road-going reinterpretation of the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse, which competes on racetracks throughout Europe.
Isoclima, a supplier with twenty years of experience working with some of the racing world’s biggest teams, developed the sliding window concept and assembled the fully glazed windows. In addition to providing the glazing materials and technology, SABIC delivered support in the ideation and development phase of the project.
“We wanted everything about the Abarth 695 Biposto to evoke a sense of racing excitement,” said Maurizio Consalvo, Abarth’s head of product marketing. “That’s why we made sure to include the right number of racing-derived components in the car, including the PC-based fixed front windows with sliding panels, just like those in the race version.
“However, to bring these lightweight windows from the race track to the road, we had to meet stricter performance requirements for glazing materials under European regulations. Fortunately, SABIC delivered to us the one industry solution available today that made this possible.”
That solution is SABIC’s proprietary EXATEC glazing system. This approach involves applying protective coating layers on the LEXAN resin-based windows. First, a hard coat is applied to the thermoplastic windows to ensure resistance to sunlight UV exposure. A glass-like plasma coating is then applied over the hard coat, which delivers an advanced level of protection for scratch and abrasion resistance. This not only enhances the weatherability of the hard coat layer, but delivers the performance necessary to meet regulatory standards.
“It is rewarding for us at SABIC anytime one of our customers is able to achieve ambitions that would not otherwise be possible without our materials,” said Scott Fallon, general manager, Automotive, SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business. “In this case, our EXATEC coating technology proved vital to the task of creating a road-ready racing car without compromising the design. This vehicle is another in a line of good examples of what PC glazing can do to help automakers’ develop and deliver lighter, better performing and differentiated vehicles for their customers.”
SABIC’s PC glazing solutions makes possible up to 40 percent in weight savings for the front fixed window and sliding panel compared to conventional glass. These savings adds to a number of other weight-reducing measures to help the Abarth 695 Biposto weigh in at just 997 kilograms. The weight loss adds to the sporting character of the car, boosting its performance.
The car’s low weight combined with its 1.4 T-Jet engine tuned to 140kW and 250Nm has resulted in a small supercar that finishes first in its category with the best weight-to-power ratio (5.2 kg/HP) and the best acceleration (0-62 mph or 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds). The car can reach a top speed of 230 km/h (143 mph).
More information on SABIC’s solutions for the automotive industry can be found on the website (www.sabic-ip.com/automotive). For technical product inquiries, please contact us at www.sabic-ip.com/prtechinquiry.
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) ranks among the world’s top petrochemical companies. The company is among the world’s market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers.
SABIC recorded a net profit of SR 25.3 billion (US$ 6.7 billion) in 2013. Sales revenues for 2013 totalled SR 189 billion (US$ 50.4 billion). Total assets stood at SR 339.1 billion (US$ 90.4 billion) at the end of 2013.
SABIC’s businesses are grouped into Chemicals, Polymers, Performance Chemicals, Fertilizers, Metals and Innovative Plastics. SABIC has significant research resources with 19 dedicated Technology & Innovation facilities in Saudi Arabia, the USA, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, India, China and South Korea. The company operates in more than 40 countries across the world with around 40,000 employees worldwide.
SABIC manufactures on a global scale in Saudi Arabia, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Headquartered in Riyadh, SABIC was founded in 1976 when the Saudi Arabian Government decided to use the hydrocarbon gases associated with its oil production as the principal feedstock for production of chemicals, polymers and fertilizers. The Saudi Arabian Government owns 70 percent of SABIC shares with the remaining 30 percent held by private investors in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business is a leading, global supplier of engineering thermoplastics with an 80-year history of breakthrough solutions that solve its customers’ most pressing challenges. Today, Innovative Plastics is a multi-billion-dollar company with operations in more than 35 countries and approximately 9,000 employees worldwide. The company continues to lead the plastics industry with customer collaboration and continued investments in new polymer technologies, global application development, process technologies, and environmentally responsible solutions that serve diverse markets such as Healthcare, Transportation, Automotive, Electrical, Lighting and Consumer Electronics. The company’s extensive product portfolio includes thermoplastic resins, coatings, specialty compounds, film, and sheet. Innovative Plastics (www.sabic-ip.com) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC).